After your face is warm and wet from a hot shower or prepping with a towel; lather your face with shaving lather generated by a shaving soap or quality cream so that it’s evenly distributed and consistent across your face; use a pre-shave prior to applying lather if you have an extra thick beard or want an extra slick glide.
Start by grasping the razor with your fingers at the shank and tang which are the metal areas on each side of the pivot pin that connects the steel blade to the scales. Angle the blade at a 30 degree angle or less so that the razor has a vertical position not horizontal while starting below your sideburns and working your way down towards your jaw. Pull looser skin with your other hand so that your skin is tight and flat and try segmenting the other areas of your face, such as the chin area, into flat parts avoiding the curvatures. A gentle touch is all you need without applying much pressure using short strokes no more than 2 inches while every so often rinsing off built up lather on blade.
For the closest shave do two or three passes re-lathering each time with the second pass going across the grain and the third pass going against the grain.
For maintenance, strop the blade using a leather strop before or after every use to remove imperfections of the razors edge while honing the blade on a honing stone every 3-6 months or when the blade begins to pull. Prior to daily storage, ensure both the blade and the outside and inside gap of the scales are dry to increase the life of the razor.