I recently decided to make the plunge into wetshaving after getting absolutely fed up paying $10 a month for Schick Quattro blades and filling landfills with more damn plastic. After research, I jumped in and bought a Merkur HD Slant (yes, a bit aggressive but I've never been the kind to go mild) with Merkur blades. The first several days were kind of rough and co-workers wondered if I was in a knifefight. But my male co-workers did look on with a combination of awe and questioning when I told them I was breaking in a DE. I'm into week 2 with the razor and getting the hang of it. Far less blood is being shed these days. Slow and steady wins the race. I'm loving the Proraso cream and it might be the best shaving cream I have ever used, especially with the cooling effect you get when you finish with a cold rinse. I happen to be a shower shaver (and I have a good mirror). Does anyone find this to be better for the face than shaving at the sink and not having the benefit of steam? I look forward to participating and learning.