Greetings and Salutations ( always wanted to say that ). I'm a recent convert to wet shaving. I've spent the last 25 years hacking face with a variety of razors from Sensors, Mach 3s, Mach 3 Turbos, Fusions, and my personal favorite Bic single blade disposables. My face always felt like I'd used a palm sander on it after shaving. I'd gotten to the point I was trying to go 2-3 days without shaving, but being in a 'professional' setting at work, and having a wife who loves a well shaved face was killing that as a long term solution. Luckily I have a coworker who had recently taken up wet shaving with a DE razor. He at least got me turned on to using a nice shaving soap and brush instead of canned goop. My shaves, even with cartridge razors started getting much better. I started reading here on tips and techniques like pre-shave oils, hot towels, grain direction, witch hazel, menthol based AS, etc. I've finally decided to bite the bullet and purchase my first DE razor. I read up on 'mild' and 'non-aggressive' razors to use as a learning tool, and purchased an all metal, 3 piece Lord Tech. My buddy is gonna sell me a selection of blades from his last sampler ( he's basically using Feathers in his EJ so his sampler set is basically sitting unused ). He's urging me to check out the EJ DE89L and I think that will be my next purchase. I can see the how this has become more than just a method of grooming, and has slowly developed into a bit of a hobby for me. My wife is tickled by all the soaps and creams I've already collected, and my daughter loves smelling all of them to let me know which ones she likes best. Anyway, I just wanted to say 'hi' and thanks for the wonderful forum.