Hello and welcome Mike! Having recently discoved the wonderful world that is DE shaving has been a real eye opener for me too. I still just can't comprehend the blank looks on friends faces when I tell them about how much better shaving is and how I look forward to it when they complain about shaving with cartridges and how they hate shaving... Yet they don't want to switch! You sir are one of the enlightened ones. Sounds like you have a great start. You've picked a great starter razor and the blade sampler pack is an excellent idea. I myself was using an EJ DE89 with Feather blades (as that worked best for my sensitive skin. sharper blade = less passes and less irritation). I recently started shaving with a 1962 Gillette Slim using the Feathers and getting the best shaves ever. Pretty soon you may find yourself experimenting with different soaps and cremes and possibly even getting different razors and brushes. It's a great hobby that changes something menial you likely disliked before into something fun again. I love it. :)
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