I lurked the forum for a while, took notes, and watched a lot of mantic on youtube before taking the plunge.
I went to Fendrihan.com, and ordered a Merkur Sledgehammer, and 30 Feather blades. They arrived today.
I have been using Proraso shaving soap and an Omega Boar brush for the last few months, as it saves me money, instead of buying aerosol goop, but have been on cartridge razors, notably the Mach 3, for the last 6 years.
Well, went for my first shave just now. After a hot shower, I lathered up really well, and started. Cheeks went very easy, and I got the hang of it fast. Blades were so sharp than there was literally no friction. Just melting the hairs off.
I tried using small strokes. Had a little difficulty with upper lip, and ended up cutting my lower lip. It bled for a good 5 minutes.
The neck was a nightmare. IT BURNSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. Used small downward strokes to start, but it wasnt as 'smooth' as on my cheeks. I cant seem to find the right angle for my neck, despite trying to make it as flat as possible. I lathered up again, in pain, from all the tiny nicks I got, and went UPWARD. This made it much smoother, but it had a dozen little tiny nicks everywhere. My facial hair on my neck grows from freaking right to left, so how do I shave this right?
Overall, it was a good experience. I'll have to try again tomorrow. Not that much blood, and very very little irritation near my adam's apple.
Trouble spots are the neck, especially the lower part, and on the sides of my mouth, where the hair grows diagonally. Any tips for that? Cheeks are no problem, and I did a second pass on them.
Also, how do you know when its BBS? My cheeks feel pretty good touching them downwards, but don't feel THAT much smoother then when using my Mach 3. I guess I have a long-ways to go! :D