Just entered the world of wet shaving about a month ago and could no longer resist the straight razor itch. I have had great success shaving with a safety razor. I have fairly sensitive skin and I was a sucker for all the mass media of cartridge shaving. Now I think I have had maybe one in grown hair since I started wet shaving and barely any irritation now that I am getting the technique down. Also understanding that the beard prep process is probably the more important that the actual shave. Plus I absolutely love the whole process/ritual. Really gives a great sense of satisfaction and overall manliness.
Anyway, I heard back from my tax accountant on Friday and he informed me that I would be getting back a fair amount more than I was anticipating. It is also my 30th birthday in a few weeks, so I figured I would get into straight shaving with a bang. Here is what I picked up:
1. SRD Dovo Best 6/8 half hollow
2. SRD 3" Red Latigo Strop
3. World of Straight Shaving DVD
4. Camellia oil
I know its nothing real special but it got me even more fired up to get into straight shaving. So I went back to the forum and found a certain "Which straight did you shave with today?" thread. Saw some pretty outstanding pics on there. Really took a liking to the Thiers Issard blades. The by chance, I happened to stumble upon a honemeister/vendor from Germany, Rasurpur.
After some mental justification along the lines of "it is your 30th birthday", "you worked hard last year to get that tax return" and reading "it's a good idea to have two razors" somewhere on the forum, I caved in and ordered this:
Thiers Issard 7/8 Barber's Notch 1/4 Hollow with Blond Horn scales.
Martin said normal handle time from Deutschland to the US is about 3 weeks. I should get my kit from SRD by Wednesday. I figure this gives me a couple weeks of practicing with the Dovo before chopping my face up with the TI. I can't wait to get everything, especially the TI.