Greetings from Pittsburgh. I have been wet shaving for about 2 months now and reading these forms for about 3. First and foremost I must say thank you to all of you out there because without the information you have all provided I probably would have given up on my DE after 2 weeks. Now thanks to you guys I am getting the smoothest and most irritation free shaves I have ever had.
I decided to give DE shaving a try when I found out I could get irritation free shaves for a fraction of the price I was paying for my Mach3's. My wife was skeptic, but humored my interest and got me this http://www.amazon.com/Shaving-Merkur...5748218&sr=8-1 set for my birthday. The first few weeks were rough! In time I did find my groove though and soon after made a believer out of myself and eventually my wife. She now says I have never felt smoother, my shaves last longer now, and I am without any irritation. Now I just need to find a scent she likes.
Anyway, this past weekend my wife and I were in San Francisco and happened to walk past a AOS store. We ended up going in and leaving with the small sized versions of their pre-shave oil, shave cream, and after shave balm in sandalwood, all on her suggestion! We then proceeded to talk about getting a new brush on the way back to the bus. So long story short, my wife and I are both very much appreciative! It has been a fun adventure.