I've been building up to this for quite a while and have finally bitten the bullet, even though my den is incomplete. I'm a night shaver by choice.
Razor: Schick Krona
Blade: Gillette Platinum "Swede"
Cream: Soylent Green Corporation 'non-animal tallow' gel
Brush: None, my fingers...
ASB: Aloe Vera Gel (99.9%)
My first DE shave in almost five years and although I have plenty of room for improvement, I'm pleased with the results. It's the first time I've used the Krona and I really like it. It should be every noob DE's razor as the handle length, light weight and mild shave make it a perfect transitional razor from cartridges. I'll be trying a few new blades eventually but to celebrate my return I went with one of the very few Swedes that I still have and they didn't disappoint. I used a pre-shave oil which I don't think makes any difference at all, once I've used it up I won't be buying anymore.
The ASB is what I had lying around and although it's not actually an ASB as such it works quite well. Until I have a new brush (I'm getting a synthetic) and cream I'm falling back on a gel I've used since my last foray into DE shaving when I returned to a Sensor. This gel from the Soylent Corporation claims to use a tallow derived from a non animal source. Wait a minute... NO... Soylent Green is people... SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE!
Not really, it's King of Shaves Alpha Gel. It doesn't dry my skin out and it kind of works. Once funds permit I'll be getting some Nancy Boy replenishing which is the only cream I ever bought where I finished the tub off. I'd like to try their ASB too.
It's good to be back.
Although I will only use synthetic brushes, I will accept badger in this form...
...and very nice it was too. I drank it after the shave of course.