OK I will try to be brief and to the point.
The best shaves I have had have always come from a Barber's skilled hand and a straight razor. Be it when I was in the Army or otherwise, these guys just know what they are doing; practice, practice, practice.
I am not foolish or patient enough to jump into trying to shave myself with a straight razor. I am however TIRED of crappy shaves from all sorts of razors, I have tried most every type of throw away razor and electric razor, with varying results, none better than just OK.
The course hair of my beard seems to clog every multi-blade type causing them to dull before I even finish a shave. the singles are OK, but leave a lot to be desired as for their closeness and they also dull quite quickly due in part I am sure just to their poor material and design.
The best luck I have had with an electric was with the Braun 360 Complete blade on my 8000 series, but between the cleaner/lube cartridges and the replacement foils these things get pretty expensive over the period of a year. Also the 360 complete foils seem to have disappeared from the market; probably due to the contract ending with Gillette. This set up only lasts about 10 months contrary to the 18 suggested by Braun.
So here I am looking to get into real shaving again; my first shaves long ago were with a DE blade in a Merkur style razor.
I shave at night so I will not be in a hurry, and my desire for a clean shave is my motivation.
I have been reading this and other forums on and off for a week or so and will continue until confidant I can find the right razor to last me many years.
Feel free to post any lessons learned type info or links that may be helpful to lead me to an educated decision.