For the past 7 or 8 years I have had a beard due to not wanting to pay the money for cartridges because of the cost/irritation that came along with it. My wife has been harping on me lately because I looked like a hobo. I told her I didn't want to shave so we compromised and I no longer have a beard. Started out with a Parker 99R, a babybliss pro badger brush (got rid of it because was horrible) and a tub of TOBS Mr. Taylor's cream which I love the scent of. Started shaving about six weeks ago and shave about every other day if I have time. The other day I found an unused schick cart razor and gave it a whirl and made me remember why I stopped using them. Even with my poor beginner technique I get a way better shave out of my DE razors with less irritation. Anyway, I now have aftershave acquisition disorder and an empty wallet. Hopefully I can reign it in before I get yelled at.