Just received my first wetshaving supplies this afternoon; Merkur HD razor, Vulfix super badger brush, some Feather blades, and two cakes of "classic shaving" brand hard soap.
I just found this forum today while searching for ways to "deodorize" my new brush!! I was NOT prepared for the. . .er, stank! Anyway, a few brush shampoo-ings and conditionings later, I gave it a go.
It took me three tries to get a good lather going, but all in all I was pretty proud of my results. Getting the lather onto my face was harder! (Maybe it was because I was holding my breath. . .wet badger strikes again!) At this point I opted to fore-go the DE razor and went with my mach3 just to keep things simple.
Two passes later and. .
Holy Smokes. My best shave ever. With a rather dull cartridge. Another wetshaving convert has joined the ranks. I looking forward to see what the DE razor can do, but I don't want to rush things, so I might wait a few days for that experience.
I'm really glad I found this site. After reading a few threads, everyone seems very genuine and you can believe I will take advantage of some of these "sample" offers!
BTW, I can't resist bringing up the brush smell again. I had heard that the brush can smell a little funky when new. So I sniffed it when I pulled out of the box it didn't really have a smell. So I ran it under some hot water and brought it up for another whiff. And Wham!! I almost dropped it.
I had to control myself to put it down gently before I ran from the bathroom and I actually entertained the thought of throwing the thing away for a few moments. I have a feeling I will never forget that smell for the rest of my life.