Greetings fellow wet shavers! I am 32 and rediscovering shaving, or so I hope! Every cartridge razor/shaving cream/after and pre treatment seems to leave me with severe razor burn and mass amounts of ingrown hairs. It appears many in my situation have found great comfort going back to the old ways and tools, not to mention its a way cool hobby! Needless to say I keep my shaves to once a week if possible, twice if required. Keep in mind I do not have light facial hair. After 2-3 days, I have a good beard going, not exactly good for keeping a professional image up at work... I've been lurking for quite some time, reading, learning. Its become quite a passive hobby for me. But now it seems I am very much ready for the plunge. I'm thinking about looking into getting a safety razor to start with, along with a nice but cheaper brush and some sample soaps/creams/sticks to try. There is a wet shave shop near here, not sure what they carry but it says they specialize in safety and straight razors and supplies. Really I'm more interested in straight razor shaving in the long run, but I am willing to take it slow if that is the preferred method. I see some have gone straight to straight (ha!) but just not sure if that is a good idea or not. Just got my father looking in storage for his fathers straight blade. Growing up it was always in the bathroom on display, and if memory serves, it was in pristine condition. Hopefully I can get my hands on it sometime in the near future. Anyway, looking forward to a new hobby/lifestyle and the potential future of a razor burn free shave! Suggestions on (cheaper) good quality brushes and sample soaps appreciated I'm in Colorado USA in case anyone is wondering.