Hello, Badger & Blade. After lurking for quite some time, I decided I should actually join the forums to be able to take better part in the wetshaving community.
The road to wetshaving was an interesting one...
During my sophomore year of college, I was in a play-- Our American Cousin-- the play Lincoln was attending when he was shot by John Wilkes Booth. I played Lord Dundreary, a brainless, silly aristocrat, who was originally played (for many years) Edward Askew Sothern, who grew these:
Super long, bushy sideburns, a style that became known as "dundrearies". I did my best grew the same-- by show week, with lots of combing and hairspray, they stuck out from the side of my face about two and a half inches. They were disgusting, but disgustingly hilarious.
After the show, being in a very classic mood, I wanted to get a barbershop shave. Unfortunately, every barber shop (and I even mean barbershop, not modern hip unisex salon) told me they didn't do shaves. One even told me that the state of Illinois "looks down upon barbershop shaves, to the point it is almost illegal, and probably will be soon." Now, whether that is true or not ( I doubt it is), I gave up and simply trimmed my sideburns down and grew back the chin area.
Some time later, one of Mantic's videos was a featured video on Youtube. I was excited. "I could do something like that myself? Wow! But I'm a poor college student, and a badger brush and a safety razor, much less a straight, is far beyond my means! Oh, well." But then, I found the Van Der Hagen kit at Wal-Mart, and started getting great shaves even with the same disposables I had always been using, and the rest is history.
I've now been wetshaving for a little of over a year, maybe closer to a year and a half. I've since upgraded my brush, and tried a few other soaps and creams. I'm still using cartridge disposables, but am hoping to get a DE for Christmas.
At 22 (almost 23), I have a feeling that I am one of the younger guys here-- nothing wrong with getting started early though! I'm looking forward to getting better shaves with Badger & Blade!