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Most of these problems were solved, for me, by shaving in the shower. Having recently switched back to a good, solid metal safety razor solved the skin irritation problem (and the angle problem) for me. Recent experimentation with my 17 year-old son seems to indicate that my theory is correct: using a plastic disposable (which took over the scene as I was growing up) causes a need to push much much harder as the light weight allows the razor to bump up over the hairs creating a self-fulfilling "shaving causes skin irritation" condition.
Conclusion: get a metal razor with some heft, you don't press nearly as hard. I got a Merkur only because I liked the balance better than any of the Muhle models I looked at but that will be a personal choice.
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