Been an electric shaver for almost 25 years and decided to try something new. Still waiting on my DE razor, but I also picked up a Dovo Shavette. So, today, I tried it for the first time. I've been watching the Mantic59 videos to get some ideas on technique. I have a couple of soaps to try, but decided to give the basic Williams Mug a go with the cheap VDH boar brush from CVS. I've heard mixed reviews of Williams and the brush. I figure, if I can have ANY success with that setup, I should be good to go. Didn't get the Williams to lather as well as I would have liked, but better than I expected actually. One small nick on my chin with the straight blade and could have gotten closer around the chin line and on the neck, but it's probably at least 80% of what I could do with an electric. Pretty happy for my first try. My DE is scheduled to arrive tomorrow, can't wait!