Checking in for the first time here....
My current gear is a recently purchased Merkur 38c HD with Feather Blades. Using a AOS silvertip badger with D.R. Harris Marlborough shaving soap and aftershave.
Did lots of youtube watching for different techniques. I was little intimidated by what I was reading about the Feathers but I figured just "rip off the bandaid" so to speak. Had a few nicks initially. After getting past the first couple of weeks of letting my neck hair repair itself from years of cartridge shaving, I'm now convinced the Feather blades provide the closest shave possible. The difference between a cartridge shave and a DE shave is astounding. My shave is now tighter than 2 coats of paint!
Happy to be here!