So I was visiting with my father today because I had the day off, and I told him about venturing out into the world of wet shaving. We started talking about soaps and brushes and he tells me, "I think I still have an old shaving brush. Only used it once or twice. You can have it if you want it." He dug around in his medicine cabinet and handed it to me. Couldn't tell what the bristles were, but it had a green handle, felt like wood of some sort. "You know anything about it?" I asked him. He said he thought he still had the box, and he went and found it too. Turns out it was a little VDH brush he bought at Wal Mart. Still, I needed to shave today, so between the soap puck I bought and the brush he gave me, I thought "What the heck?" but the only problem was that I still had my cheap little Shick Quattro razor. I decided to break in the brush, threw the puck into a big coffee mug and gave it a whirl. I mixed and mixed and mixed and thought I had a good lather going until I spread it on my face only to find that it was weak and thin. I threw a little more water in the mug and really gave it a good mix, and before long I had a great lather going, and I used a tip I found on the Mantic videos to squeeze the base of the bristles and get a good thick foam onto the back of the hand and then dabbed that on the brush and smeared it on. I wet my Schick razor and gave it a go. I gotta tell you, even with a crappy razor, the combination of the brush and soap not only felt and smelled great, but the shave wasn't too shabby. A little closer than I usually get with that razor and a heck of a lot less irritation. In fact, I only nicked myself once and it was because I was trying to shave in a direction I knew I had no business shaving but I tried it anyway. I did two passes with the grain, then did a third kind of across the grain. The only area that still felt a little scraggly is the area directly in the center of my neck, and I have always had a hard time shaving that area. I am interested to see what happens when I my first DE razor arrives, but I have to say that my shave is already way more enjoyable!