I'm hailing from the Far North Coast of New South Wales in Australia. I'm mid thirties and have always hated shaving.....I guess having appalling technique/equipment will do that to the best of us.
In the bad old days I used to rely on crappy disposables - then graduated to a Gillette Sensor......and have tried Mach 3's etc. Last few yrs I've been using a Schick Quattro Titanium but have never been overly impressed with the results.
Then around 6mths ago I read over a thread on DE razor shaving and incorporated a lot of the components of this process into my cartridge technique. eg using a brush (albeit a cheapo boar's hair one), using a shaving soap (again a cheap, Proraso Aloe+GT) and just soaking everything up well before shaving etc.
This made a massive improvement but DE shaving always was something I wanted to do - alas I had bought up a big number of Schick Quattro heads (~50) when they'd been on special, very expensive here selling for around $4 a unit at times! But had to put off for a while till I got through those.
Made the break last week - flogged the remaining 25 or so heads to another chap and intend to go the way of DE...for better or worse.
Anyway have just been lurking in a few forums, including here.....have ordered the following already:
- a few cakes of Mitchell's Wool Fat Shaving Soap
- an Edwin Jagger Medium Best Badger brush (21mm knot)
- a Feather Portable DE razor
- and finally a sampler pack of 100 blades from Ebay (mainly Turkish and Russian stuff)
Happy with most of those (nothing has arrived nor will for a few weeks I'd say) but prolly wouldn't have gotten the brush - nice 2nd hand buys here.
Eyeing off a few older Gillette Super Speed's on Ebay and also considering ordering the obligatory Merkur HD - which from all reports is just a can't miss classic vanilla kinda razor.
Which might be a good thing for me as I'm not cursed with a heavy bristle and would prefer not to have to mess around with it much.
Anyway thats me, nice to be here and look forward speaking with a few folks along the way.
Cheers, Nick :-)