After decades of brutalizing my mug with disposables and electric face scrapers (mights as well have used a bench grinder), I backed into this hobby via my love of knives. The last year or so has been a pleasure, not the least of which has been finding this group. Great work!
So far I have a Feather DE, and just acquired a Merkur HD. It brings back memories of my dear departed daddy and his old Gillette DE. I can put a fairly impressive edge on a knife, but I'm still developing my technique on straights. I picked up a pretty neat new old stock Koeller Magnetic, and when I felt reasonly comfortable honing it, I got a Thiers-Issard blonde horn- a very nice piece of steel, I must say.
I'm sure I could use a better strop or two, but I'm flush with stones- King 1K and 6K, Naniwa 3K, 5K, and 10K, Kitayama 8K, and Shapton 2K, 5K, and 12K. I would love to see more posts regarding honing and stropping here.
Still, the biggest revelation would have to be the discovery of high end soaps and creams. Wowie-Zowie! I've had decent results with some of the softer soaps, such as Willi G's and Classic brand, but the hard soaps are to die for. T&H, DRH Arlington, Trumpers.... where have you been all my life? My biggest problem is choosing between soaps and creams, which are quickly becoming my favorites. The Trumpers violet, rose, and sandalwood are phenominal products. Now I have to get all the others.
This is gonna be fun..........so thanks for the help so far.