My story starts out with a gift from my brother in law, it was his grandfathers 58 Super Speed razor. Going through the PX I saw replacement blades for DE razors and a wild hair made me buy a box so I could test out the shave.
Up to that point I'd been shaving with various two and three blade systems and the ubiquitous blue goo. Standard prep was either a shower or splash water on my face for a minute or two.
Anyways the shave was awesome, the cheap $1.49 for ten blades PX brand did all right (they are made by the American Safety Razor company so they ought to be the same as American Persona's) and even with the blue goo my wife was very happy with the shave. That began my search for better shaving.
So I picked up a boar brush, then a badger brush. Went to Target and bought Proraso in a tube. Shaving got better. Then the madness set in, bought a bunch of different razors, tried some Feather blades (very nice, but twice the cost of the PX blades). Gave most of the razors away as gifts to others who picked up DE wet shaving. The madness has mostly subsided and the original super speed was the one my face liked best.
Anyways I started making my own shave soap (I buy cubes of glycerin soap from a hobby store and add shea butter and citrus scent) and I'm still experimenting with making my own aftershave but I haven't found a recipe that is truly better than Barber Brigade aftershave/toner (I think because of the trichlorosan).
So now the the daily routine is
Super Speed with PX blade
Barber Brigade "Mint Kick" aftershave
Shave with the grain re-lather then against the grain where it needs it, rinse and apply aftershave.
Eventually I may branch out into straight razors, I just sent my father a vintage Genco straight razor for fathers day. But for now I'm happy with a superspeed.