Hello, I am fairly new to wetshaving and definitely new to this forum, and compared to some of the folks here, new to the world in general (21 years old) :).
There is so much info to read in this place that I thought I might never make a post, but I figured I might as well say hello to introduce myself before going back to reading more!
I started shaving in my late teens because I was a late bloomer and had a mental aversion to growing up and puberty!
I used a Mach3 and Edge Cleansing shave gel out of a can for the longest stretch of time. I did do some nominal research that helped me get the most out of that shave.
Then I started reading about the decadence of the true wetshaving experience! I spend about 3 weeks on eBay just waiting for the right razor.
During that period of time, I switched to a Sensor and Williams Classic Shave soap, nice grounded old-timey scent, and a $5 Burma Wal-Mart purchased brush.
By the way, I use a very classy Bauer bowl for lathering - highly collectible ;D
I now am the proud owner of my first DE razor, a 1969 4 1/2 inch Gillette Super Adjustable, that came with a Sheffield blade.
I also made an amazing eBay find for a Badger brush - an English made, no brand name that I know of, real Ebony handle brush with a luxurious super badger mid-size knot, and my first tub of luxury 'real' shaving cream, Cyril L. Salter Almond Cream. Both of these items are now mine, for the low low price of $40 including shipping from the UK.
I am still learning to 'become one with the blade' in my zen-like practice that I love so dearly now, and the problems I face now still in my first week of true wetshaving are those of small nicks, and an extremely tight-face sensation about 5-10 minuts after my shave that makes it impossible to smile and lasts for about 15-20 minutes! Also bothered by the 5 o'clock shadow that seems to remain even after a very close shave. Any suggestions will be welcomed but I will be around here quite often to read up some more and I will be improving my visage every day on my own! My sideburns dissappear totally after my shave and become smoothe and silky as a baby's you know what every time I shave, so I know I can do it!
Love this forum and soon I wil post pictures of my things because I love sharing them and there is such a wonderful community vibe here that I can't help myself!!