Best shaving experience so far. My Simpson Wee Scot arrived today (see pictures attached.) I wanted a Best Badger, but I didn't want to spend too much. Everybody seems to like these, and, man, I see why. What a huge impact. The cheap boar-bristle brush I was using is not a brush at all in comparison. Made a completely different sort of lather. I used the Proraso pre-shave, Mama Bear, and a new Merkur blade in my old Super Speed---less blood, more fun. (Some blood, nonetheless.)
I suppose I introduced too many variables at once, new pre-shave, brush, blade, but I couldn't resist. Someone actually shipped me the Proraso pre-shave in error--I had ordered the pre and post, but I wanted to try it so bad, I didn't send it back. It was so cool, literally and figuratively, I used it again as a post. I'm thinking right now about going back for some more. Can someone who has used both the pre and the pre/post comment on the difference?
Thanks for all the good advice.