OK - I've been lurking for about a day and I can't wait to get the stuff I need to delve into this wonderful tradition (though I'll probably wait until Christmas). I never was taught how to shave properly. I was given a hand-me-down electric when I was a teen, but I quickly moved on to disposables because the electric irritated my skin. As an adult, I've used mostly Edge gel with a Mach 3. I'm ready to re-learn how to shave and want to do it right this time.
I need your help - I've narrowed some items down to two and I'd like you to tell me which to go with. Some items I really have no idea and could use any recommendation. I'm 6'1, 220 lbs., with a medium beard (not soft - not tough). So - here it goes:
RAZOR: Merkur HD Straight or Merkur Class Long Handle
BLADE: No idea. I've heard the Feather are too much for a rookie to handle. I've seen many suggest a sample pack, but I've also heard it's good to stay with one product the first month. I don't want to mess the learning curve up if I'm switching blades every few days.
SOAP: L'Occertane or Crabtree & Evelyn Nomad
BRUSH: No idea. Will any badger brush I pick up at Crabtree work well? Should I go large or medium size?
AFTERSHAVE BALM: L'Occetane or Crabtree?
PENCIL: Do think it matters - I'll grab one whereever I end up.
MUG/BOWL: I'll just use a large latte cup or similar.
OK - I think that's all I need. Please let me know what you think and if you have any strong suggestions outside of what I'm leaning towards feel free to share.
Thanks again! It's great to be here!