Howdy, figured it was time to join after reading a lot of posts here - last night for the first time in my life I tried shaving with something other than an electric or a cartridge razor. Money is a little tight so I didn't want to spend a lot of cash on something that might not work out so I bought an inexpensive Parker SR1 off Amazon with the Ver Der Hagen shave set. I figured I could stand to lose $30 if I really hated it - other than making the bathroom look like a crime scene when I was done I enjoyed the experience! I don't know if I'm up for the entire straight razor experience yet, but considering trying a safety razor as well. Still have to practice and figure out exactly what I'm doing, but I have plenty of blood left so here we go.