Okay I have read some reviews and then more reviews. I am now totally confused about DE razors. I figure since my state of confusion probably will not pass anytime soon I may as well start the cheap route while getting something worthwhile. I ordered a Feather Popular DE Razor, Tweezerman Badger Brush, and some Col Conk Bay Rum Shaving Soap to start with. I have been using Williams shaving soap and a boar bristle brush for ages but figure it was time to progress a bit. I am looking at Merkurs but welcome any tips from you veterans. And BTW I am David and live in Louisiana just north of New Orleans.