Hi! I thought I'd introduce myself. I just started wet-shaving this month, at the suggestion of a friend. I have problems with bad irritation if I shave more than maybe once every week and a half, and he suggested I try this. Too soon to tell, but hopefully it will help.
I also had a couple of questions while I'm posting.
Does anyone know of good brick-and-mortar stores for traditional shaving supplies in northeast Florida? The most I've been able to find are some DE blades at Walgreens and CVS.
In the meantime, I bought a Van der Hagen boar-bristle brush and a cake of Van der Hagen deluxe shaving soap, along with a package of Bic Metal single blade disposable razors. I've read one or two posts with good things to say about the Bic Metal, but my question is: is this really a good test of wet shaving? I didn't want to drop $40+ on supplies right away, but if it's going to be the difference between a good shave or not, I'm willing to spend a bit more. Perhaps a Merkur HD or Edwin Jagger 89/86, something not too expensive.
Anyway, I've found a lot of great info on the forums already, so thanks everyone! Hopefully I'll be around for a while