I've recently gotten into wetshaving thanks to Mantic and his videos I found on youtube one night while I was bored. Bought some Kiss My Face (mint) shave cream and the cheap boar brush you find at CVS. Had some of the best shaves of my life just by switching to the cream....I essentially used three different razors....A M3, a Fusion....and to get a DE experience I tried only shaving with the extra blade on the back of the fusion (anybody ever try this...how close is it to a DE shave?)
Already getting sucked into the buying more things I don't need...after a few shaves with KMF (which I really loved - the mint is very cooling) I ordered some Taylor's Rose shaving cream....not a huge fan of the rose scent but the lather really is much better (IMO) than the KMF. Before I go home tonight (for my first DE shave) I found some places around me that sell Crabtree products and am hoping to smell a few before I buy one (i'm thinking sandalwood, but that's only because the description sounds cool, never actually smelled it though........)
anyway, I ordered a Merkur HD and just got it in the mail today. I also ordered a 10 pack of the Merkur blades to go with it (although I am looking forward to trying out a sampler pack).
For all that have tried the DE shave, I have a few questions:
(1) How hard was it to maintain the proper blade angle...I really liked mantic's (i think it was in the video) of holding the blade head against your face and then turning it down until the blade meets the skin)......was this difficult?
(2) Pro's vs Con's of alcohol-based aftershave.....I have started using it, I find it stings at first if I've really shaved aggressively, but has a great cooling effect once the sting goes away...I like it, but is it bad for me? To clarify...I am using Royal Lime all purpose type stuff....really liking it so far, the lime smell is very refreshing/distinct....not like most of the stuff I find at the stores
(3) Will moving up to a badger hair brush really make a big difference? I'm enjoying just using a brush now (regardless of the fact that it's boar)
(4) Will this compulsion/addiction to buy more and more shaving products ever end?!?!?!?!?
Thanks for everyone's help on this....I have to say that I am a member on several forums and this one has by far some of the nicest, most helpful/respectful members with very little "forum fights" going on..