I too have been reading lots how great wet shaving works...I tried it today for the first time on a horribly matted dog. I washed and left the conditioner on, towl dried and then went through with a 5. Probably would have had to use a 10 dry. I read that to preserve the blades afterwards simply blow them dry and then oil them...many groomers swear by it, it did seem to work easily. I took off the pelt, then back in the tub to rinse...I think they're right, it does really work well!