Hey all, just wanted to check in and say hi.
After idly mentioning that I might like to try shaving with a DE razor, my lovely wife came home the very same day with a gift set from The Art of Shaving. It consisted of a Merkur Futur razor and some Merkur blades, as well as some oils, creams, and lotions. Three weeks in, and so far so good. My technique is still developing, of course, but it hasn't been a blood bath or anything yet.
I'm working through different blades, and have already moved on to other creams and whatnot. I'm still using the Futur razor, though, and really like it.