Picked up wet shaving a little over a month ago...asked my dad about his old razor and had to plunder through the storage house...found an Old Spice mug, brush and a Gillette adjustable (not sure if it is a Fat Boy or slim model now). Had to polish up the razor, but it still shows signs of losing it's finish and a small amount of pitting. I headed to WalMart just to grab some blades and they also had some shave soap which I was honestly surprised to find.
This started me on the wet shaving experience...at first there were some horrors getting a technique going (slowing down) and using what I assume are sub-par blades, soap and a who-knows-how-old brush. I ordered a sample pack of soap, balm and cologne from Truefitt & Hill, these items cementing the wet shave for me with the smells and feel. Looking for a proper and better technique I stumbled upon Geofatboy on Youtube which pointed me into the direction of blade choice, cream and the alum block (of which I LOVE). I am currently using a Parker pure badger brush, and have a Edwin Jagger DE8911 on the way. I still use the WalMart blades, and have some Feather blades I haven't tried yet. Since applying a more sound technique and a much better lather the WalMart blades don't carve me up.
So far I have a much more enjoyable experience with wet shaving...if I take my time a super close against the grain shave. I always do an against the grain pass on the cheeks, but have to be very careful on the neck area. Glad to have found this site.