So after missing out on Taz's generous PIF by a mere 26 numbers and realising that I'll have to buy myself a razor (thanks for the contest Taz, and congrats Jigga5 on your number predicting abilities!) I went on to classicshaving.com and ordered myself some gear:
Merkur Classic 1904 razor
10-pack Merkur double edged platinum blades
TOBS Lavender Shaving Cream (tub)
Classic Shaving's 'Contemporary' covered shave bowl (in cobalt) with
Classic Shaving's Fresh Lime Shaving Soap
Vulfix 2234 shaving brush (in black)
plus a nickel stand to go with both the brush and the razor.
Now here's the catch...
I currently live in France; as of Tuesday I'll be moving to Canada - only not directly. I'm spending five weeks traveling around Europe before touching down at Pearson Airport. (My stuff is being shipped by boat, and will arrive a few weeks after me.) The shave gear should be in Canada within the week; my Mach 3 has been exiled to the tea-chests on the boat. For the next month I'll be getting the occasional (weekly or less) barbershop shaves in Italy, Austria, Germany, England. Then I return to find no Mach 3 but a nice Merkur with fresh blades.
Oh, it's on.