I had bought a 5.00 brush and a puck of soap on a whim, at a shop that my wife and I go to once a year in Salado Tx to get our yearly supply of Goats Milk Soaps. I loved the difference the lather made. After looking around on the internet, I found a whole new hobby. At the time, I did not know it was the "New thing" to do, I just thought it would be fun and I've always liked antiques and I had used DE's in the early 70's. This was my first real purchase and it’s still my go to DE. It gives a great shave!