Hear that sound? Like a quiet clink...clink...clink...it's the sound of a thousand blades dropping into blade banks...The heartbeat of our forum. Most forums have a common trend, something that binds them together. It's usually a narrow focus, like BMW motorcycles, cooking, politics, etc. Our forum starts off that way... We all share a common focus. Wet shaving. But from there we all branch out in a million directions. Modern, Vintage. Double Edge, Single Edge, Injectors, Straights, crazy one-of-a-kind razors that don't fit into any category. Boar, Horse, Badger, and Synthetic brushes all find their way into our collections. Blades from every corner of the globe-Russia, Japan, Turkey, Germany, the United States and more are all used by us. Soaps...and creams. I think just about every country in the world has at least one soap or cream worth trying. Just like our shaving products, our members are just as culturally diverse, followers of different religions, creeds and races. Here at The Shave Den we become a homogeneous whole. This place is a melting pot for wet shavers. Is there friction? Of course there is. There is also a camaraderie here, and a genuine sense of caring and sharing. The golden rule here is YMMV. Your Mileage May Vary is the whole of the Law. It's almost Holy Writ around here. For the most part it is true. There's a thread around here called "Shave Products Best Avoided." Even that thread has some YMMV stuff in it. If you are new here, and some respected member of the forum tells you, "This is how it is..." feel free to tell him or her that "YMMV." We won't get offended. We all have opinions and advice, but we are not you. We are here to help and encourage one another... It's one of the reasons we have a freebies section in this forum. At any given time there is at least one PIF (Pay It Forward) thread going on, with free stuff in the offering, It's not really because we are "paying it forward" but because we like to give and share. Stingraysrock does not come around very much anymore, but a large part of what this forum is, has been influenced by his generous nature. Many of us carry that tradition forward. Some share shaving goodies, others share advice, tips, tricks and experience. We don't live in a vacuum. There are other good shaving forums out there, and I encourage new wet shavers to try them all. We are by no means the only source of "Shaving Knowledge" on the planet. Many members here are also members "over there" in one or more of the other forums. The difference between us and them is tiny, but important. There you are a member...here, you are family. That's my opinion, of course. YMMV.