Well I've moved over to the good side of shaving! After years of using cartridge based shavers (and getting a nice load of razor burn/ingrowing hairs) I investigated traditional wet shaving with a DE single blade - just like I remember my dad using when I was growing up!
I've got quite sensitive skin so have been using Nivea's sensitive range of shaving gel and after-shave balm which has helped quite a lot.
From reading about DE single blade shaving, watching quite a few youtube tutorials, lurking on here and the The Shaving Room forum (as I'm in the UK) I took the plunge and bought a cheapo Wilkinson Sword starter shaver that came with 5 blades, also bought a styptic pencil (which came in useful a few times!).
It's very interesting, almost an art, shaving like this - instead of "tugging" away shaving against the grain like I used to with a cartridge razor (and getting those ingrowing hairs on my neck), quite a pleasure to learn how to shave in "panels", to get a really smooth close shave from doing 2-3 passes.
Along the way I got quite a few nicks and learnt how to constantly have a correct angle and the important of lubrication on the face!
... so I've taken the proper plunge and ordered a shaving starter kit from the traditional shaving company, consisting of:
- Edwin jagger shaving brush
- Taylor of Old Bond Street sandalwood shaving soap in a bowl
- Razor sample pack (35 blades from different manufacturers)
- Merkur 34C HD Chrome razor
I'll still use the Nivea sensitive after-shave balm as I've still got a load of it from christmas pressies