First, hello to everyone here at Badger & Blade. I have already found alot of highly useful information here. Second, I started shaving with a DE razor and a mug/brush about a month and a half ago after seeing a brush in the store and thinking it would be cool to shave the old school way. Once my technique got better, I enjoy my shaves alot more. I use a merkur #180 long handle with bluebird blades (after trying out a blade sampler pack). So thanks for everything and i look forward to meeting more of you and trying out some different equipment!