My name is John and I live in New York. I've been reading all your posts here for the last 4 weeks and a week ago I saw the light and made the change to wet shaving with a DE. I read so many posts about how wet shaving is an enjoyable experience and how shaving is no longer a chore. Let me say that I now look forward to shaving! Being in my 40's, I've been shaving for a long time and right now I couldn't be happier making the switch to wet shaving. I purchased a Merkur HD, Merkur blades, a Vulfix Fine Badger brush with a 22mm knot, Colonel Conks amber shaving soap and almond soap and Pinaud - Clubman original aftershave lotion. The first few shaves with the DE were a little irritating, but a week later, I am getting a very close shave with no irritation or cuts. At some point, I would love to try a straight razor. I'm thinking I might buy a Feather Artists Club RG with replaceable blades to try out straight razor shaving. I think this might be the best straight razor to start with so I can learn shaving techniques and not worry in the beginning about stropping and honing. Any comments would be appreciated.