Well my blades finally arrived in the mail. While waiting for them I have been shaving with my old Mach 3 razor and practicing using the shave cream and brush. I think I have that down now.
I bought the hubby some CO Bigelow / Proraso and he was the first to use the DE. It wasn't good. He did 2 passes and loved it. Said it was easy, felt good, etc. But there was one spot on his neck (under the chin) he felt needed a third pass. That is when the blood started to flow. So his neck is a little cut up and burned but he said he would try again in a few days. He is definitely not sold on the whole thing though.
I am using the DE for the first time tonight and will let you know how it goes. Thank you all for the help and encouragement this week!