I started using a DE 31 days ago and I keep learning every time I shave. I have been wet shaving for several years but decided to finally get a DE and give it try. After paying $11 for a pack of cartridges which would last me about 4 months and not really get a close shave. I figured it up and that would buy DE razors for a year. I was using Williams Shaving Soap but it dries out before I can finish a complete pass. I then got VDH at Walmart and it was irritating and I had several nicks. I finally got some C.O. Bigelow today and had the most comfortable and closest shave to date.