well, since i started shaving in 1955-56, there weren't many razors/blades/accesories that escaped my attention.
dad taught me with a gillette de and noxema foam. later i flirted with soap and brush and whatever gillette innovation was in vogue at the time.
i remember polishing my gilette de razor for footlocker inspections during basic training in the vietnam era.
it wasn't til about five years ago, however, that i returned seriously to 'wet shaving,' as it's now called, encouraged by a supervisor at my job after i complained loudly about lousy results from whatever i was using at the time.
i duly invested in a mercur hd and various and sundry soaps and creams(encouraged by posts on this venerable board) and guided by the really generous advice of the posters here.
semi-retirement found me wallowing on the dark side,however, having invested in a norelco electric razor which gave me quick but really crummy shaves. (my part-time job no longer requires that semi-military grooming standard of yore).
my recent return once again to wet shaving was joyous, tho earler on i suffered from some razor rash in the neck area using the merku hd. i decided to experiment. reading here led me to try a bump-fighter handle with a merkur trac II-type cartridge. today's shave was with t&h lavender cream and a saville row brush and the result was truly great. i finished off with moore's bump-fighter and razor rash cream (jury still out on this item).
but it was the trac II experience, i think, that made the difference,with only one tiny weeper. for those who find the d/e blade a tad aggresive, you might want to give it a try. i sure was pleased.
thanks for bearing with me on this rambling and arduous novelette.