Hey everyone! I just made the big leap last night, buying a 1949 Gillette Super Speed after much deliberation, along with an Omega Pro 49, a pack of Astra blades, and Col Conk's Bay Rum soap. I went with a single pack over a variety just cause everyone says to stick with the same products til you have the technique down. My reason for switching to DE stems from the ingrown hairs and resulting bumps that have plagued me since I began shaving. I've searched the site for the past few days and have begun to take the advised presteps suggested by other men with this problem, taking special note of those identifying themselves as African-American as we seem to have it the worst. I haven't shaved in almost a week in an attempt to let the bumps recede and make it easier to get all the hairs above the skin before I shave. The itching has been unbearable, along with the prodding to shave from the gf. The plan is to trim my beard the day before I shave and then follow the usual preshave routine advised by so many. Anyway, just wanted to check in and see what people here have to say about my kit and my particular situation, although I know it is far from unique, any critiques or personal suggestions would be most welcome!