Ditto. I Switched to a DE with my first wet shave, and immediately had a closer more comfortable shave, without making a bloody mess of my face (unlike the Fusion:9898: ). DE's aren't that difficult to handle, just find the correct angle and don't put any pressure on the razor and you'll be fine.
Still, the learning curve on a DE isn't as steep as you think. Unless you get something particularly aggressive like a Merkur Slant Bar with a fresh Feather inside, you'll be fine. Just go for it. You'll be glad you did, and that whole "patience" thing will dissove quickly.
If you don't already have one I'd recommend a Merkur HD. Load it up with a milder blade (say a Merkur or Derby), and you'll be alright. You're just putting your face through more agony. None of the crap cartridge razors can prepare you for a DE anyway.
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