Quoted from TheFamilyArcade:
I have to believe a lot of you are doing this, digging it and have a lot to share. I’m shocked there isn’t already a forum. I just started, and I can already see the parallels to other addictive things, like pinball, booze, beers, and fun hobbies.
I’m embarrassed at how many videos I’ve already watched on how to properly lather a soap versus a cream, and the merits of badger versus boar versus synthetic brushes. Of course the double edged safety razor deserves a topic of its own.
I’m 54 (as of last week) had never got a decent, close, smooth shave in my life until I started using the brush and proper cream/soaps a few months ago. I’d been using a badger brush with some Jack Black cream and some (really) old Colgate puck soap for the last few months (with my Gillette multi-blade razors) before going all in on the DE safety razor and quality tallow soap for XMas.
So here’s my current situation: I’ve now shaved twice with my Merkur 34C and the blade it came with. I have 120 blades of different brands and types at the ready when needed. I received Barrister and Mann shave soap (Dickens) and a sampler of Chiseled Face soaps for Christmas, and I’ve now shaved 3 times with the safety razor (twice with the CF “‘Bay rum” soap and once with Dickens). The scent of these soaps is to freaking die for.
I can see is being a very enjoyable thing for the rest of my life. I’ve never had a closer shave or more enjoyment shaving. I look like one of those fresh, clean cut dudes with a baby face now, instead of a shadow right after I finish shaving!
I recommend joining a wet shaving forum. My favorite is "The Shave Den." You can look me up if you like, my handle is the same on there.
Wet shaving can be a rabbit hole, like so many other hobbies, but it is all about finding out what you like and enjoying the experience along the way.
I have a ton of gear, so if you are ever looking for advice (or something to BS or T), then let me know.
Here are my recommendations of items to check out:
DE razors: Gillette fatboy and gillette tech, or for modern razors look up "Timeless razors." Check out the delta echo razor website for nice twists on classic razors.
Straight razors: Wade and Butcher or wostenholm. For modern razors, check out hart steel, thiers-issard, or dovo. There are some incredibly interesting craft razor makers out there too...mike martinez being my favorite.
Soaps and aftershaves: artisans are usually my favorites. Start with stirling soap company along with barrister and mann (i hope you like dickens already), and phoenix artisan accoutrements. For bigger companies, taylor of old bond street and Truefitt and Hill are "go-to's"...specifically jermyn street from tobs and 1805 from T&H.
Brush: I think wolf whiskers are simply the best. A LOT of people agree with me. I prefer a synthetic brush, but sometimes badger is nice too. Stirling soaps offer incredible brushes for a budget price as well.
Blades: there are just so many to choose from, but my favorites are gillette silver blues. They are sharp, smooth, and inexpensive compared to others of similar quality.
I cant put pics in this post, but i will send some in a couple of minutes in another one.