Hi, I've been lurking for a few weeks and went ahead and registered last night...
I'm new to the world of wet shaving and Safety Razors, I have been shaving with various "systems", disposable's and cheap gels and creams my whole adult life, and never even really knew about this stuff until I started poking around on the web.
I made the plunge last week with some new equipment purchased at a local store and local pharmacy. So far I'm kind of elated with this whole wet shaving thing! I recently purchased a home and moved in with the very soon to be wife and was looking for something that would allow me to spend some time by myself and a relatively inexpensive "hobby" that wouldn't break the bank as I'm house poor now! Can't afford these damned Sensor Blades anymore!
Here is a list of my new toys:
Col Conks Pure Badger Travel Brush
Col Conks Puck of Almond Shave Soap
Van Der Hagen Boar Brush purchased at a Drugstore in a kit with a cake and a mug.
Williams Shave Soap (haven't tried this yet)
Pinaud Clubman Aftershave
So far I've only used Merkur Blades and some Cheapy USA made Personna's purchased at the 99cents store. I'm looking forward to trying some Derby's and other blades soon...
I'm also bidding on a Parker 90r that I'm looking forward to testing out, and I'm thinking about buying a Tweezerman Badger brush to keep in the rotation...Then I have to lay off the purchases for awhile, but I think I'm off to a decent start.
Looking forward to being a part of the community here and contributing where I can. I find this whole wet shaving thing very relaxing, helps me slow down after a hard days work.