Hi Guys (and some Gals?), I am really enjoying dipping in and out of B&B and thought I would introduce my self a little more before my evening shave. It is nice to see such a variety of threads ranging from young men just starting to shave (how lucky for them to have found this site), to old timers who have courageously admitted that, they too, are just learning!! Ironically, I started off using a Wilkinson Double Edge (plastic) when I was Sweet 15, some 31 years ago. (Jeez)! Unfortunately, I knew nothing of shave soaps/creams and my knowledge was limited to the cans of foam available on the supermarket shelves around at that time. Needless to say, with an acne problem and the perceived mess of the whole process - administering goo by digits etc -, I switched to the electric gizmos with spinning wheels so highly spoken of by the great Tony Hancock and the latest "best the man can get" con tricks. This is where I truly lost the plot. For 31 years, I got stuck in the revolving door syndrome of electic, twin blade, triple blade etc you know the story...never feeling that I had got value for money with each new bauble. I know now, thanks to this site, that I had RAD (Razor Aquisition Disorder), however not even quality razors were in my collection!
About six or seven months ago, I watched a drama on TV about Sweeney Todd. Sweeney was played by the great British actor Ray Winstone and for some reason I went online checking out cut thoat razors (as you do!). One thing led to another and I discovered sites such as The Gentleman's Shop, Trumpers and of course the great classicshaving.com. I was interested and discovered a whole world of gents shaving concealed by the supermarkets and advertising. I ordered a Merkur Futur because of the great write ups it got and a Best Badger from Taylors of Old Bond Street. I remember the Merkur arriving in its presentation tin....the weight and quality took my breath away...no plastic to be seen....shiny chrome but this was no bauble! The brush arrived a few days later and unlike some, I found the aroma of the new brush pleasing. I cannot say I was daunted when I had the first shave, I knew to treat the DE with respect. (Newcomers to DE shaving should not be put off, the worst shaving cut I have had was with a triple something and to state the bleeding obvious, any blade can cut. It is also easy to nick oneself when rushing through what most regard as a mundane chore to be gotten out of the way ASAP)! My soap was standard supermarket tub of Wilkinson and I was amazed how impossibly easy the Badger produced a lather! I have progressed to a couple of different mug soaps since and from that first "Merkur" shave, I have not looked back. As I type this, I am anticipating a relaxing, refreshing, cleansing, dare I say it, "spiritual" moment in the bathroom ! I now know that the art of shaving is a continuous learning curve of knowledge and experimentation which should be pleasurable in and of itself. There is no perfect shave but we can all strive towards it, young or old, and equip ourselves with the best tools, advice and lather we can muster !!! Thanks to all at B&B and especially all the young members who have had the good fortune to have found this site. Am going to lather up and ship out! Bye for now!