New starter with DE shaving here. Weapons of choice are a Merkur 34C HD, Truefitt & Hill 1805, the badger brush and Derby blades that came with my starter kit, and an eShave alum block. Even though I've only just started, I've also invested in a solid little Omega stand that was cheaper to get shipped from the States than buy in Europe, and an utterly luxurious, top-of-the-line, stainless steel bowl (fiver on fleaBay)
Current thoughts are:
Why didn't I do this years ago?
This is so much better than that Fusion crap!
This alum block thingy; is it made of magick?
Hell, this feels manly...
Near plans are to refine the shaving process itself; I'm still having to repeat the mantra 'let the blade do the work... let the blade do the work...' to get out of the habit of applying pressure. Try and find advice on post-shave rituals and products; currently using my old Nivea sensitive balm after the alum block, and while it may or may not be good, it wouldn't hurt to check. And also work out this lathering thing. Currently it seems to be working OK; stiff little peaks like a meringue and seems to be doing the job, but still trying to get a consistent volume to do three passes.
So yes, I'll be searching through the guides here for advice, and probably asking dumb questions, but good to be here