A quick background summary:
A few weeks ago, for the first time in my life, I considered wet shaving. I looked at Dollar Shave Club, then Smartmoney's article on those cartridge razors being supplied by Dorco, then Dorco's USA distributor website, only to find they were out of stock. So while I waited, I looked around the Internet. And found B&B. Bless you. Bless you all. I have been poring over this site for the last two weeks and have learned so much—not the least of which was that I was not going to buy a cartridge razor. Thanks to everyone who contributes on this board, for the mutual respect, for the kind gestures, and, put simply, for the admirable community here. Very inviting, and very educational.
But here's the thing. I am now in my early thirties and have been shaving with a Norelco since I was 15. I've never used a Mach3 or Fusion. I've never used foam, "goo", cream, or soap. I've never used an aftershave. I've never prepped my face. I literally have years of inexperience! hehe
Now, here's what I've got (thanks, wife)...:
- Bodyshop shaving brush
- Bodyshop maca root shave cream
...and here's what I'm thinking of getting:
- EJ DE89L
- WSC's Choice blade sampler: Feather New Hi-Stainless Platinum (10 blades), Crystal or "Israeli" (10 blades), Derby Extra (5 blades), Red Israeli Personna (5blades), Astra Superior Platinum (5 blades)
- Proraso cream
A couple of curiosity questions:
- After reading through lots of threads, I'm confused. Why are the same exact blades showing up in the "absolute best blades" and "absolute worst blades" threads? The only explanations I can think of are the mixed techniques (someone doesn't like a sharper blade because they use too much pressure), or their skin is a different thickness (thick vs sensitive skin). If this is the case, would it be possible to start threads that match skin types/complexion so that all the guys who look more or less like "this" can talk favorites while all the guys that look like "that" can talk favorites. In other words, it would be cool to see images of guys with similar skin/beard thickness because I could probably see whose tastes would most likely align with mine.
- A second part of that first question/issue is why some blades do better in certain razors. Why would this be? The only cutting mechanism is the blade itself, right? Or am I missing something? Why would a Merkur HD cut differently than an EJ DE89L with the same blades in both (or why would a Merkur HD with the same blade shave two people differently)?
A couple of "essential" questions:
- Is there any hope for me? I've shaved with an electric razor for more than 15 years and will be shaving for the very first time with a non-electric razor. My dad used an electric razor as far back as I can remember, so I've never had anyone instruct me on how to do wet shaving. I've watched a couple of Youtube videos, but they're so confident in those videos and I still haven't found someone who seems to teach with the absolute first-timer in mind. Truth be told...I'm a little scared? Am I man? Or am I a muppet?!
- Does my strategy seem ok? Is it a good idea to be getting the equipment mentioned above? An in-law recommended I try a cartridge first, but I think I'd rather learn the DE from the start rather than pick up bad cartridge habits...
Any other words of wisdom, or anybody want to be my personal tutor?! haha Thanks again, you guys. As stated, it means a lot to me to have found this community and I hope to be offering whatever wisdom I may gain from you to others who might be in my exact same position someday.