Well, I've been reading quite a bit and slowly making my way toward a better shave. Picked up an inexpensive Badger Brush and soap from Target (VDH) and then grabbed some Proraso cream this weekend. Love the Proraso. Still using a cartridge as I decide what razor to get. Just using a two or three pass technique with the brush and cream has already been a great improvement. Can't wait to take it further. Great site and information -looking forward to being an active member. Cheers!