I began shaving with a DE razor a long time ago. It was an inexpensive butterfly type (the name Schick comes to mind). I quickly improved to avoid the blood and pain. Then I moved on to an injector, which is where I stayed for a long time. I still feel that gave some pretty nice shaves. I even tried wet shaving with an old brush I believe may be synthetic. I still have it. It says "House of Fuller" on the bottom. I moved on to electric and cartridge shaving. I have a tough beard and couldn't get a decent shave with either. I put up with it because I only shave 3 months out of the year.
I decided to go back to some kind of blade shaving and stumbled on Lee's Razors. After a little research, I purchased his HD package and upgraded to the Vulfix 2235s and some Trumper soap. BTW Lee was very gracious. I think that is not news to anyone here.
One shave convinced me of a few things: 1) I had made a pretty good choice and will need to let Lee know 2) If My fathers DE had been as good as the HD I would probably have stuck with it. (same for my first brush) 3) Shaving with a DE is like riding a bike. You never really forget how.(no nicks first time out and the best shave I had had in a long time.
I also decided I needed to get some kind of after shave balm. I also see I should have 2 brushes so it can be thoroughly dry for next use (at least my wife bought that). Therefor I bought a Kent BK12, some Kent soap in a dish, and some Erasmic soap from Auravita. (BTW the Kent brushes are on special right now and can be had for about $134 plus shipping).
Well, that's me in a nutshell. Best regards to everyone!