Ahh the siren's call of RAD, I feel it from time to time, but the cure for Razor Acquisition Disorder is to find the ONE razor that works best for you and then sell or PIF all the "extras" you picked up along the way... something I have yet to do :P My first recommendation would be to skip the cool vintage razors for now and go straight to a current Merkur, Muhle or Edwin Jagger three piece to kick things off. I like the shave I get from my Muhle R89 and Merkur 25c/11c better than the results from my vintage razors (a regular flair, red tip, slim adj. and an OC very similar to the Gillette Old type), plus the modern razors are all chrome plated as opposed to nickel like the many vintage "white" Gillettes, chrome is probably the most durable plating when done well, with rhodium coming a close second. The Merkur and EJ are both cheaper than a Muhle, at least if you are buying from a US vendor.
Originally Posted by retturn2blades
Sadly I have given in to my own RAD and am waiting on a Merkur 37c "slant bar", maybe this will be "the ONE" for me ;)
a big +1 on the blade sampler suggestion, this is a hardware category where *everyone's* mileage varies!
...and make sure to toss the canned goo, a DE razor with the right blade is only half the story, IMO a brush and real shaving soap are mandatory for great shaves.
21 and under, TOFLAC-U, BOTOC, LEMS, BOTSS ...Can Grappa be used as aftershave?