Thought this could be a great centralized place where we could post what we use and how we shave. Include a list of items you use first, then how you use it. I hope this helps those who are new or maybe those just looking for new techniques and ideas.
Here are my shaving items...
Razor- Merkur Vision
Brush- Vilfux 2236 (silver tip)
Soap- Taylor's Sandalwood
Cream- Taylor's Sandalwood
Aftershave- Feather Kanwa
I shave after my shower but in the shower. I soak my brush then swirl in the soap. After I have enough soap, I add the cream in the middle of the brush and mix in a bowl to work the lather (I feel like I get the best of both worlds, I love the cream but love the glide I get with the soap too) and apply. The method I use to find the correct cutting angle is to put the top of the razor's head on your chick (to where the handle is parallel with the floor) and pull the handle down (when shaving North to South) until I feel the blade start to cut on your face, and this will give the perfect blade angle (which is about 30 degrees?). Now, with NO PRESSURE I shave using making 4 passes. Pass1 N to S, rise, lather, shave pass2 S to N, rise, lather, shave pass3 W to E, rise, lather, shave pass4 E to W. For passes 1, 3, and 4 I set my VISION on the first I in VISION (almost all the way open), for pass 2, I put the setting on the O in VISION. Now I'm usually done unless I have to do any clean-up work, then I apply aftershave.
-If you shave outside of the shower, an electric coffee cup warmer is a great way to keep your lather bowl warm.
-If you shave in the shower, a great way to keep your lather bowl warm is to fill a separate ceramic bowl (larger than your lather bowl) with hot water (as hot as you can get it) and place your lather bowl in it. Just make sure not to fill the ceramic bowl too high to where water leaks into your lather bowl.
Hope this helps,