Here I am. I have been using a Mach 3 for a very, very long time. It was literally the only razor I could tolerate. Still, no matter what I did, I'd quite often get very bad ingrowns and rashes, especially on my neck. I think that at the age of 33 it's about time to do something definitive about this issue.
I did some research and reading and then some watching (Mantic's videos - wow!) and then some more research and the some more reading and then some research and reading and research and (you get the idea).
Finally, I spent a bunch of cash over the weekend and bought myself a birthday present:
Merkur HD Classic "Barber Pole" Long Safety Razor-#38C
I chose the long handle because I wanted the additional heft of a heavy razor, but I didn't want to go with an adjustable just yet. I ordered some Proraso cream and balm from amazon, a styptic pen from art of shaving, a bowl from classicshaving, a stand and brush from crabtree+evelyn (35 dollar best badger), a big sampler pack of blades (6 or 7 kinds I guess), and sent out for some various samples from some companies.
I just got the bowl (and a complementary cake of soap too!) and everything else should be coming by tomorrow (I hope).
You guys probably hear this a lot - but it feels REALLY weird to be this excited about shaving. :) I can't wait to get started.
This site has been an incredible repository of information - I'm a bit worried though that I'll start just buying things left and right. :)
I look forward to interacting with everyone on these forums.