Just thought I'd pop in and say howdy. I'm looking forward to getting started with DE shaving, having use cartridge razors most of my life (a few years with Norelco and Braun electrics).
After much reading I've decided on one of the '48-'50 Gillette Super Speeds and I'm keeping an eye on a few on eBay. If I don't end up winning any of the auctions I'll probably go for an Edwin Jagger DE89 instead (sooo, shiny and seems highly recommended here).
I'll probably get an Omega Pro 48 brush, and Proraso shaving soap (white tub). If anyone has better recommendations for a guy on a budget, I'm certainly open to other suggestions.
The only necessities I haven't decided on are a razor/brush stand, I'm hoping to find one in a brushed nickel finish to match my other bathroom accessories, LOL.
How necessary is pre-shave cream? What exactly does it do for you that shaving soap doesn't do? I notice some shaving soap manufacturers sell pre-shave creams (e.g. Proraso), while others don't.