Well the contest drew me out and I was forced to join. Anyway, I'm somewhat of an old saw at this wet shaving business, not necessarily old. I've been lathering my face for over 20 years now and have recently enjoyed finding new shopping leads here at B&B.
My first mug and soap was an Old Spice set I bought at the Navy Exchange in the mid 80's. I am still using that mug today. I can't remember if the brush was in the box with the set or if it was a Surrey that I bought separately. Anyway, it is the best boar brush I have ever felt and I still use it on weekends at my cottage where it resides in a custom made lather bowl that MBW (my beloved wife) gave me. She had a friend of ours make it special just for me.
My regular brush is a badger brush that I bought while on vacation to the Twin Cities about 15 years ago. I remember thinking $30.00 was a lot of money to spend on a brush. I think it might be a Colonel Conk but all the lettering is worn off. I'll have to post some pic's of these relics.
My current whisker chopping machine is a 1956 Gillette Super Speed that I bought at a garage sale for a dime. When I asked about the price she said "ten". So I started to reach for my wallet but stopped short and said, "Excuse me?" To which she replied, "Ten cents". While I may have chiseled over $10.00, I felt it would be just plain rude to chisel over a dime, so I reached in my pocket pulled out a dime and paid the lady.
In addition to wet shaving with a DE razor, I have tired of watches with batteries and now wear a Hamilton automatic, most days that I mow the lawn I ignore the gas powered mower and use my Scotts manual reel mower and have parked a Henry Kloss Model One radio (can't find the on/off/volume on anything else these days) on my desk at work. The simple things just work.
I'll post more later,
P.S. Here are some links, if I do this right, that you may like.