Good evening to all you fine wet shaving folks. I'm usually hesitant to present a subject that is already well travelled territory and still very subjective, but today I wanted to present some thoughts of today's shaving experience and to trigger conversation about the four (4) blades currently in my rotation. Come on, you know we all love to discuss our DE blades! Wet shaving with Safety and Straight Razors is a therapeutic experience and I attempt to convert anyone that will listen...even every so often hosting a whisky, cigars, and shaving night for friends and acquaintances that like that sort of thing. It's always a good time and we had one of our attendees girlfriend accompany him and want to learn about traditional wet shaving her parts , (cough, cough). Legs and such... I'll let your imaginations fill in the rest. Enough about that. Ok, back to the meat of the conversation, DE blades. Currently, I have four (4) blades in the rotation. 'Feather(2), Personna Red(3), Rapira Swedish(3), PolSilver(3)'. (# of shaves on each) My goto is usually 'Personna Red' 3:1 over others I have in rotation, but today, the 3rd on the 'PolSilver' may have been the best shave I've ever had. Let me define what 'best' means to me...Smoothest, effortless, no tugging...a BBS shave with little to no irritation and no weepers. With my ultra sensitive lower neck area, there are very few days that I don't have irritation in that area. I use a cold water rinse quickly transitioning to my Alum stick followed by a Roman announcer at the colosseum speaking through a mega-phone in my head, proclaiming 'Let the stinging begin'. Today, there was no stinging. Obviously, I felt a sensation to the touch of the Alum stick, but that was another indiction that something was different. My technique during this shave was my basic homogenous shave...WTG, XTG, ATG with my 41$ Gillette Aristocrat J3. You ask why not a Fatboy or some other? Well, I have a couple Fatboy adjustables, a couple Red Tips, a couple of 1964 Aristocrat adjustables, all great, even a open comb bronze Timeless, very good as well, but I picked up this J3 Aristocrat for 41$, which, yes, is the year and quarter in which I was born, but all that aside...after sanitizing, a little polishing and a drop or two of lube, it has always given me the most consistent shaves out of all the others and become my most popular goto each day. Very easy to wield. Anyway, let me know what you think about these blades. Personal experience, the good, the bad, the ugly... ***Disclaimer*** If you would like to skip my further ramblings, feel free, and head straight to commenting on your experiences with the DE blades listed. My Scottish grandfather use to say to me when I'd peek in on him while shaving, 'Son, it only takes a few minutes a day to freshen up and have a good shave, 'cause you never get a second chance to make a first impression.' Good advice for any young man, or woman for that matter...LOL Heard a female comedian joke one time, saying, '...if guys don't shave for a day or two, its sexy, if ladies don't its called birth control...LOL Ok, maybe not as funny as I thought, anyway... Ok, let me set the stage of what I do. Like most folks, I have my routine, preferences, must dos. To have a soothing therapeutic experience as mentioned, for me, it can't change much. See list with exhaustive comments...LOL 1> Shower (Taylor of Old Bond Street, TOBS, Sandalwood bar soap and shampoo. I switch between the TOBS sandalwood and the St. Johns Bay Rum bar soap. Both are awesome and worth the extra expense to me. Here's where I might as well say...YMMV on what you can stomach to pay. By no means do I imply that others are not just as worthy, just that I like what I like and trying other products, although great, somehow diminishes the experience for me. I'm not in it to experiment too much, except a bit on blades.) 2> Tree Hut Shave Oil (what my wife uses to shave her parts. Slickest stuff I've ever used, no real smell to it, just moistens up that beard a bit better than just hot water. Good enough for her parts, good enough for me. Apply it to my face/beard before exiting the shower, since thats where it lives.) 3> TOBS Shave Oil on my lower neck. (Very thick oil. Heat it rubbing in my hands before rubbing it into my lower neck.) 4> Hot water wash clothe held to my face/neck for a bit before apply shaving cream. 5> TOBS Sandalwood shaving cream with my Simpsons Commodore 3 Badger brush. (No fancy shave bowls, just dip it in the hot water I ran in the sink, give it flick to toss off excess water and swipe it through the TOBS tub back and forth, once each and start on-face lathering, then set the brush in the stand for the 2nd and 3rd passes. A tub of TOBS SW lasts me a long time. All my supplies do really. People in general use too much. Been watch too many gurus trying to sells stuff on youtube I'd imagine...LOL All I'm going to say about that.) 6> WTG - Aristocrat on 9, most aggressive >XTG - on 5, medium >ATG - on 3, mild, sometimes I'll spot buff/polish ATG on back on 5 when I feel a small rough spot, but today. Nothing of the sort. 7> Cold water rinse and straight to the Alum stick with cool water still on my face. Usually, its grin and bare time until the sting subsides, but not today. Towel dab to dry a bit before splashing stringent or maybe just stoner, depending what flavor I'm in the mood for. Now for the good stuff. Stay with me cause here's where the therapy continues... 8> Thayers splash of either Peach astringent or Cucumber toner. (maybe redundant after the Alum, but I love the feel so much, don't judge). Let my face air dry while I clean and dry my razor, ring out my brush, clean out the sink to avoid the frying pan being waved at me next time our paths cross in the kitchen and I didn't clean the sink. Yikes! YKWIM 9> After another dab with the towel... back to my beloved TOBS Sandalwood aftershave or St. Johns Bay Rum. If drinking whisky made me feel as good as the aromas on these two aftershaves, I'm be a drunk 10 times over. Oh, who am I kiddin', its a straight draw between the two. So, if you were brave enough to read my list, feel free to comment on that as well. It's just my routine, preferences, not a product review, but if anyone is considering any of what I mentioned. I wouldn't be using it if I didn't think it gave me a great experience.