I've been shaving with a variety of cartridge razors for quite a few years, though I'm old enough that I started out with a Gillette DE. When the munificent gods of marketing sent me a "free" Shick Quattro, I obediently bowed down to progress. Actually, I think my dear wife filled out some on-line form and had it sent to me. Little did she know what would transpire ... bwa haa haaa!!!!
Being a lazy kinda guy (sometimes), I don't shave on casual (work) Fridays, weekends, and not on holiday (vacation) ... so when I go back to work on a Monday, it's a mess on my face, and (as you all know) more blades = more clogging.
So after coming back from this summer's holiday (did I say this story would be short? No, I didn't think so...), I shaved with a disposable Bic twin blade, then took a second pass with the Quattro. OK shave, no excessive irritation.
The next morning I popped in a BRAND NEW Quattro cartridge, and ... OUCH! One of the roughest shaves I've ever had! No nicks, just a feeling that Mr. Shick had cleverly disguised very rough grit sanding strips as blades. WTF????
"That's it!!!", I says to meself, I'm done with this s h i t e!!!
Somehow I instinctively knew that a DE setup was the way to go. (Yes, I considered a straight razor. I have no fear of learning the technique, but don't want the care and feeding bit.) After a lot of Googling and surfing, I settled on a Merkur 38C, a sampler pack of blades, and some Creamo cream. I nearly ordered from one west coast website, but found almost-as-good pricing at Fendrihan. Since I have a second address (closest friends) in Brampton and am frequently there, I figured I could kill two birds with one stone. Support the Ontario economy (and poke a finger in Harper's eye!) and perhaps be able to pick up additional supplies when I visit.
OK, I'm long-winded, so sue me. The kit is in transit, but I'm thankful to B&B for both a lot of info and opinion which helped in my decisions, plus a discount coupon code to use at Fendrihan.
You fellow Ontarians will maybe pick up on my Trius handle, which I also use on Rangefinderforum -- RFF.
Thanks to all the contributors here ... I'll report back with my first results.