Originally Posted by ClassyGuy1
But the way I look at it, I am currently using a razor that has not 1, 2, 3, 4...but 5 blades, so isn't it safe to assume that the shave I'm currently getting goes 5 times faster than using a single-bladed Saftey Razor is going to go? And is there any way that I can use store-bought Gilette Shave Gel in a can for a safety razor, or do you pretty much [u]have to[u] buy a pricy cream and a brush and do the "mug and brush" thing?
Um... 1) Hell no. 5 blades = much more irritation. You're basically doing one pass with a single blade razor + shaving cream, and 4 MORE PASSES with NO LUBRICATION at all. Does that sound like your idea of fun? 2) The mug-and-brush thing is only pricy if you want to make it pricy, you can go down to your local Wall-2-Wall-Mart and buy a Van der Hagen shave kit (mug, brush, soap) for like $5. It's called "wetshaving" because you're using the brush to whip up water into the soap residue. This part is more important, strictly speaking, than switching to a DE razor. If there's one thing you change about your shave, make it this.
Also, should I start out with a CVS or Walgreen's-bought safety razor to get the feel of it for a bit or should I immediately jump to a high-end safety razor or something like that Metur HD or whatever they are? And do I buy single-edge razors to load into it or double-edge ones? And what is the difference? Heck, what I really could use is a little step-by-step walk-through lesson of "How to Carefully Switch from a Cartridge to a Safety Razor"....Anyone care to help me with that one?
Go to Badger and Blade and lurk for a while. Generous members often do Pay It Forward (PIF), where they will give away razors, soaps or whole shaving kits to newbies. That's how I got my pack of a Feather Portable razor, 20-odd blades, 3 soaps, a brush and a tube of Proraso for absolutely free. Also search for Mantic59's videos on Youtube, he's got a comprehensive guide to switching: http://www.youtube.com/user/mantic59