First off, a thank you to everyone responsible in maintaining this wealth of collective knowledge and community. Without you guys I never would have considered wet shaving anything but a dated routine for stubborn old men who refuse to change, haha.
My first kit is still in transit, so I may return to my above opinion, haha, but having read the forum over the past 2 days I am intellectually satisfied this is a far superior way to shave. The major selling point being the use of soap/cream, brush and water to form a proper lather vs. a can of lather producing goop. To list just one of many things my mind has been opened up to. Another being the pre-shave preparation of the hair to weaken the cuticle allowing moisture in thus easing a blade through. ANyways...
I shaved regularly(every 1-3 days) from ~12 to 23 years of age. Moving from cheapo disposables to 2-3 blade cartridges. I mostly shaved in the shower. Never put any though into it, just part of my routine. Due to a change in jobs, going from a strict "No Facial Hair" policy to "Whatever man", I decided to try and grow a beard. I was shocked at what I grew after only a couple weeks. Within a month I had a full, symmetrical beard. I have thin blonde hair on my head, but the beard comes in a bit thicker and a bit reddish.
Over the past 6 years I have had an on-and-off beard. I rarely used a blade opting for a $15 electrical to keep it down. Again, zero thought.
I recently accepted a new position which, though it is not required to be clean shaven, is more of an office environment as opposed to the outdoor position I am coming from. More importantly I am sick of this facial hair.
My problem is the cartridges, specifically Mach 3, are not performing as I remembered. Not only are they not providing anywhere near a close shave, but my skin is becoming more dry and sensitive with each shave. I started to look into lotions and moisturizers when I stumbled upon the world of DE shaving.
I ordered a Merkur 38M HD Long Handle Barber Pole for my big hands. Included WCS's Everything Sample Pack of blades.
When it came to the brush, soap, cream, alum, aftercare....man, I was confused, haha. I decided it would be best to just stick with one brand to limit the number of variables. I went with RazoRock since they had decent reviews, relatively cheap, and seemed to me neutral. For the brush I got the $9 Omega boar.
I have rambled enough, haha. I will go back to reading. Actually, I watched several of Mantic59's videos before finding this forum, so I may watch a few more of those. I also really like the "whisker map" concept, this will absolutely help me organize my strokes as opposed to the random sweeping motions of my past, haha.
All the Best