OK, so I've been lurking for about three months and learning a lot from the threads here. Now, I think it's time to take part in the forum. Here's my story so far.
I picked up three old razors at a local antique store, which according to this website are a 40s Superspeed, a Gillette New with the straight thick handle and a single edge Gem razor (not sure what particular model). I cleaned and sanitized all three but have only been using the Superspeed so far.
Next stop was to Michigan Avenue. I picked up some Truefitt and Hill cream and aftershave balm along with a badger brush, then bought some L'Occitaine Cade shave soap and aftershave splash downstairs.
The Merkur blades at Truefitt seemed pretty expensive $5 for 5, so I took the website's advice and bought the Red Israeli blades from West Coast Shaving. So far, that's the only blade that I've used.
That's been it so far. I alternate between the Truefitt and L'Occitaine. My shaves were very good from the beginning and have only gotten better. Thinking about trying a couple of additional creams or soaps and have been reading through those forums and reviews lately. Would love to try a vintage puck of old spice soap but I'm not certain whether it's worth what people seem to be paying on ebay.
So a couple of questions.
After 3 months, is it ok to start trying the other razors? Will the Gem be markedly different and what are recommended blades for it?
What is the must have soap/cream? I took a couple of samples home from Truefitt and am really liking their rose cream. Wasn't too crazy about the 1805.