I am now about 7 weeks back into wet shaving after a 35 year hiatus. I started shaving with a DE in the mid 70's. My father (who always seemed to have a poor shave) gave me a used Gillette SS and a can of goo and told me to be carefull. This was the extent of my shaving instruction. I remember painfull and bloody morning battles with my razor. I ended up settling on going against the grain for a closer shave (multiple passes or going in different directions never occured to me). After a few years, I bought my first cartridge razor, which was much more forgiving of my poor shaving technique. No bleeding and less pain. Flash forward through 35 years of 2 minute cartridge shaves that were mediocre at best. A few months ago I saw a badger in a field, and after surfing on the net looking them up, I started reading about shaving brushes. I learned that there was a whole shaving "following", and decided to give the DE wetshave another try. I watched Mantic59 Youtube videos, and learned about shave prep, and multiple passes, and light pressure. I quickly accuired RAD (I already have a Futur, Progress, Slant bar,Barberpole slant bar, EJ89BLB, and a birthmonth SS). SWMABOOE loves the way my face feels, and so do I. I really enjoy shaving now. If my Dad knew how to shave properly, I am sure he would have taught me. I wish that I had learned to shave properly from the beginning. I would have had 35 more years of good shaves. Anyone on this discussion board has at least a passing interest in the "Art Of Shaving", and can pass along the value of a good shave.