Well, I took the plunge and ventured into my first DE shave. Here's the equipment I used:
Merkur HD with the blade that comes with it
Rooney Type 2 Small Silvertip Brush
TOBS Jermyn Street Shaving Cream
First off, let me say it was the smoothest shave I've ever had. Using the Mach 3 and the Fusion in the past, I've been able to feel rough stubble on my face even immediately after my shave. I'm well known for having a 5 o clock shadow at about 10 in the am lol (yes, after shaving in the morning) For the FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I felt nothing but baby bottom smooth when I ran my hand across my face. That takes the "your face feels like sandpaper" complaint away from the ladies lol.
I didn't nick or cut myself at all (thanks to Leisure Guy's book I think) I do have something weird going on though. When I am done shaving, my face *feels* like it's on fire as if a razor burn, except the skin itself is not red except in a few patches on the bottom of my neck where I wasn't smooth enough. I doubt it's the shave cream because I bought one for sensitive skin. My angle probably isn't perfect (feels clumsy sometimes with how the razor blocks off so much of the blade and sometimes I miss the angle so the blade isn't up against my skin or whiskers) I also read the blade that comes with the Merkur HD's is close but aggressive. So I'm waiting for my sample pack to arrive and I'm going to switch blades asap.
The irritation is soothed by putting a few drops of glycerine on my face, but it persists into the next day only milder. The only other disappointment is that my whiskers are so dark that even with this clean of a shave, I still have a bit of a shadow if you get close enough to me to see it lol. But as for the feel, smooth as a baby! I'm really looking forward to practicing and experimenting and learning more. Also have a moss scuttle on the way :-)