The only times that I've gotten sliced up good with a DE is when I put pressure on the razor; since finally learning that lesson, I generally don't go much beyond letting the weight of the razor do the work. That said, I like being smooth, but I'm not nearly as much of stickler for it as you seem to be.anyone with experience? thoughts?
Have you tried a number of different blades, yet? You can get variety packs from multiple vendors, even on Amazon. They can make quite the difference. In your position, I might take the time to play with different blades with the OC GC.