What a fantastic resource this has been. I began DE shaving about 2 weeks ago. After shaving with cartridges, lately Mach 3s, for 20 years, something snapped in me the last time I stocked up on my next few months of cartridges and paid a fortune. That day I hopped online, quickly found B & B and the rest is history (in the making).
Now I have a Merkur HD, a Porters Pure Badger Brush, Real Shaving SC, Witch Hazel, Nivea AS. How did this happen so quickly?! I awake and think, "oh goody, I get to try another shave." Today I got a box from Mama Bears Soaps and I am awaiting a Fat Handle Tech that is coming in the mail any day.
Anyway, I am sure all of this excitement will wind down--oh yeah, and become economical--and that my technique will improve. Thanks to the contributors on this forum. The wealth of information has made my first two weeks fun instead of scary and painful.