Just checking in after two months of DE shaving.
Still using my original gear:
Classic Shaving Razor (Merkur 34C-like) and Classic Shaving Pure Badger Brush, Feathers. I regret not getting a "real" razor like a merkur or EJ, but have to admit I'm pretty happy. Pretty freakin close shaves. The Feathers are pretty sharp too and last about 6-8 shaves, though I don't have anything to compare with. I'm getting ready to order my first blade sampler. Can't wait to try bluebirds, astras, gillettes. As for my brush I'm also regretful for not getting a name brand but, I again I guess I can't complain. I may start looking for something little more stiffer. Boar perhaps?
Current fave soap:
CO Bigelow/Proraso. I love this stuff! Defintely intergral to my ideal wet-shaving experience. As a menthol-head, this cream hits the spot and the scent is classic barbershop nostalgia (though i've never really experienced a real barber shave). However, as happy as I am with Proraso, I want another standby menthol-soap just for the sake of variety. I've got my eyes on: MB Ice line, Razorock Mentholipo, Ingram, Vostok, and Valobra, and Santa Novella Crema.
Compliments of Garry's Sample Shop: Cella, Tabac, TOBS Lime, Trumpers Coconut. First off, Garry provides an awesome service. I got me some great shaves from the Cella and Tabac. Love that scent from the Tabac! Very manly indeed. However, as I mentioned earlier, I'm a menthol-head and live in Hawaii. The tallow based non-menthol soaps are greats shaves but I NEED my menthol fix in this humid environment. I may end up picking up a jar of Tabac.
As everyone mentions, I'm finding that the learning curve is steep and long. I still struggle with my chin, under-nose, and mouth-corners areas (almost 4 -5 passes). Everywhere else gets 2 passes. I try to carve out some time to shave but as a father of young kids, I sometimes need to git and go, and it's at those times that I end up shredding up my face. I love taking the time to do a good shave but at the same time it's what makes me want to turn back to my M3.
That's it for now!