This year for Christmas I will start using a DE safety razor after years of hating to shave with my Mach 3 and/or electric shaver. I'm 27 and have been shaving with the Mach 3 every since Gillette sent me one free for my 18th birthday (what a brilliant marketing technique). I've decided to take the leap into the DE safety razor technique and culture in hopes of not only getting a closer shave, but also a more enjoyable one.
My mom was kind enough to get me a simple set up so that I can change my shaving experience. This year's Christmas will consist of:
Merkur Classic Safety Razor #178 chrome
10 Merkur DE Platinum Blades
Tweezerman's 100% Badger hair shaving brush
Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream
Aqua Velva Ice Blue Aftershave (because her dad used it)
5 Dollar General DE razor blades (let's hope they're decent)
From myself (because it's okay to give yourself a Christmas gift):
Colonel Conk's Chrome Saftey Razor Stand
Everyman Jack Post Shave face lotion
And my boss is getting a wood lathe for Christmas from his wife and has agreed to attempt to make a shaving bowl for me out of black walnut wood.
I'm pretty sure I have more than I need for a simple set up to get started, but if I'm missing anything critical, please let me know.
Over the next few days I will be reading as much as I can to try to prepare myself for that first week of shaving in an effort to make as few mistakes as possible. The less nicks, cuts, irritations, and burns, the better. This forum looks to be an excellent resource and I'll be checking out leisureguy's blog as well as Mantic59's videos. Any other suggestions would be much appreciated.
I'm looking forward to engaging in the forum as it's been a long time since I've posted anywhere regularly. And I'm looking forward to a new and better shaving experience. Wish me luck. :)