Well I attempted my first wet-shave today and have already thrown my Gillette Power Fusion in the trash.......yes it was that gratifying. Upon further research and discussion with other members on the board I decided to get a vintage gillette to start with. I picked up a 1941 Gillette Ranger Tech and once received I couldn't wait any longer to try it out, however I had not yet received the rest of the items I had ordered to try out, so being the patient (ahem) person that I am I rushed down to the local pharmacy and grabbed some double edge razors (rite-aid platinum chrome razor blades, a VHG deluxe starter set (badger brush, soap and dish for $8) and some The Best Shaving Co. post shave soothing balm.
Considering my limited options and my inexperience with a DE razor I was almost certain that I would nick myself or my girlfriend would find me on the bathroom floor with a slit throat. However in this endeavor I truly did exercise patience and took my time. I started by prepping my face with some Gillette Thermal Face Scrub that I still had lying around and soaked up my face and scrubbed. I then whipped up some shaving soap in the bowl till I got a good lather going and proceeded to apply to my face. I applied no pressure whatsoever and just allowed the weight of the razor to do its thing and at first I wasn't sure if I was doing nothing more than just scraping the cream off my face with the safety bar as I was so nervous, but lo and behold I actually had a very nice first pass. I then did a second pass from ear to nose and a third against the grain. How was the experience? It was actually very relaxing once I got past the nerve racking part of my first pass on the adam's apple lol. I then applied some of The Best Shave Co. post shave soothing balm and I can't believe what a nice and smooth shave I got. Not one nick, cut or irritation whatsoever.
For my first time attempting a double edge it just felt like I was coming home to something familiar yet long forgotten. What else can I say, I'm hooked, and my wallet will hate me as it will be lonely with no money in there to keep it company! I'm already looking at picking up more razors to try, samples of different razors, and oh good lord all the soaps and cremes yet to try.....I can't wait! For my first real brush I think I am going to pick up one of the Simpson's Wee Scot as all the reviews are glowing and I can't quite yet see myself to spending $150+ on a brush yet I'm already looking at spending that on a new razor, either a Megress, Ikon H20 or OSS, or Feather All Stainless. In fact I sold one of my old 1st Gen iPads with 3g today just to specifically fund my new found love. Thanks all, I will be making a contribution today to help support this new community that I love so much!
On a side note, if anyone can tell me what I have to do to get my Veteran status icon to show up that would be great. I already checked in and was approved and accepted into the group but I can not figure out how to add it. My thanks in advance once again!