Greetings Gents, I just recently decided it was time switch back to wet shaving. It has been many years and numerous electric shavers ago since I used a blade to shave. I became rather disgusted with my electric shaver. The shaver is about a year old and due for another $30 blade replacement and I'm sure the battery will soon follow. It and it's predecessors never really did that great a job removing my daily stubble. At 44 years of age I thought it would be healthier to slow down and enjoy a few of the simpler things in life. I went through the bathroom vanity and found that old plastic Gillette Ultra and a new blade and made quick work of butchering my face. I was pretty disappointed then I thought back to my first experiences shaving. My father had a metal razor. One that held a single double edge blade. I went out looking to get one of those and found that no one sells them anymore. This drove me to the internet and low and behold there it was, a wealth of information on shaving and razors galore. I quickly purchased a straight and a double edge but I intended to learn to use the cut-throat and the DE was just a backup until I got the hang of the straight razor. Well I now have a Dovo straight, a hone , a strop, a boars hair brush, Col Conk Soap and a Merkur DE. To my surprise the DE is my daily shaver and I'm wondering if the straight is worth all the trouble. I had to learn how to shave again and after a week of razor burn I've been getting a smooth close shave daily. Thanks to all for taking the time to post messages and point us newcomers in the right direction. I for one know that the assistance and information posted here made my adventure in shaving a pleasant one.