This is my first post here, just bought a Merkur 34G DE after a bit of lurking this weekend after a bad straight razor experience.
So, my wife got me a gift last week for a haircut and straight razor shave at a place here in Manhattan. I was pretty stoked; nice gift! Probably a veiled suggestion as well, but I take it in stride.
So, I show up on Saturday, and the haircut went well and is great, but then came the shave.... The guy did the double lather thing, the hot towel thing, some other stuff involving some sort of liquid (my eyes were closed), and then got down to shaving... it felt a bit rough in spots, but I figured, hey, he's the expert. I felt him get my adams apple a bit, and I was like, well, took me 15 years to avoid that adam's apple, and here it is his first time with it. He then did something that stung (maybe alum?) and the aftershave thing and pronounced me finished.
So, after the shave, I was a bit nicked, and not at all comfortable. But I gave the tip as I pretend to be a gentleman and went on. Well, the razor burn got worse and worse over the next day, and my adam's apple has such a chunk out of it that I think the scab is gonna last at least a week. Not even by drawing my mach 3 *across* my lip horizontally have I done this much damage (though that was a life lesson, to be sure).
So, being as annoying as I am, I figured if this guy can do so *bad*, then I probably can't do much *worse*, so a short google away and I discovered this site. Fire lit.
I was thinking of jumping straight in to the straight razor, but I really never liked shaving much, and I have crazy sensitiive skin. I recently got some shave cream from Art of Shaving, and that really helped with the mach 3, but in general I would shave just enough to look professional, ie a few times a week as my whiskers don't grow all that fast (I'm 32, so who knows). Went to Art of Shaving store Sunday, picked up a silvertip brush and a bunch of their shave cream (yes, I realize I probably overspent like crazy and now have a champion brush that I'll be lucky not to ruin).
So, I was going to try the straight razor deal from whippeddog or similar, but then, those nice $180 TI and Dovo razors look so awesome, I know I would be buying the whipped dog and then the TI immediately after. Then, finding a sharpener guy to give the TI the once over in Manhattan, then the strop, then the realization that I don't have 45 minutes every morning for this craziness.
So, after a bit more lurking and thinking about a DE, I decided to check out Pasteur's Pharmacy on 34th st. Holy crap, that place is awesome. Seems like their stuff has a bit of markup (compared to online), but I said what the hell and walked out with a Merkur 34G ($61.99 -- yes, $$ but I'm feeling impatient and it's not that crazy overpriced... I think), an Taylor of old Bond St alum block ($16.99, is that expensive!?), and a pack of Merkur Super blades ($5), a pack of Derby Extra Blades($1.49), and a pack of Feather New Hi-Stainless blades ($5).
Either the sample blade was never there in the first place (very likely), or it fell out of the box and is somewhere under the computer desk. Well, the cat will find it if my foot doesn't.
So, about to go and shower before I get this lather and shave show on the road, but any suggestions for which of the blades to try first?
This looks like a cool forum, looking forward to joining the community.