Hi everybody. I started taking some interest in the wetshaving routine pretty recently. Between reading some neat articles on Artofmanliness and stumbling upon Mantic's youtube videos (which have been very helpful), I was intrigued. Truth be told, I am young guy trying to maintain a tight budget. I was absolutely sold on the fact that I could replace single blades for pennies. I still think that the Mach3 is a decent shave, but the price of cartridges has been and still is ridiculous.
My very first purchase was the $8 Vanderhagen kit at walmart. I ultimately decided on the Weishi razor due to cost, and the fact that it's pretty mild and recommended for beginners. Upon doing some reading on sites like this, I realized that I had never tried Aqua Velva. That was like a light bulb going on when it first hit me, as soon as I tried I loved it. Last week my Bay Rum bonanza arrived, which is an awesome deal. The other day I received my order from westcoastshaving. From them I got a large supply of blades, a tube of Erasmic, and a a big jar of Taylor's sandalwood. I even bought a bottle of witch hazel after reading about it on sites like this.
Collectively I've only spent about eightyish, maybe a little more. But I can definitely see that number going up as I am just now in the research mode of the old Gillette razors. Although one of my first intents was to save a little cash, I am starting to embrace this thing as a hobby.
Anyways I feel like i owe some of you folks a big thanks for inadvertently influencing some of my buying decisions. (I'm happy with everything so far) I have learned a lot and I am looking forward to getting better.