The list author says: "Most people now a days only know about shaving using cartridge razors(Like the Mach 3 or Fusion) with multiple blades.
For most, Shaving is a chore and these new razors are very forgivable to clumsy/inexperienced shavers. The head pivots so you don't need to compensate for the razor head's angle. The rubber bottom helps stretch the skin for a closer shave. And there's a strip to lube the skin for you. Not terrible but not fun either.
A return to old traditions and shaving rituals is actually a very nice experience. Shaving with a straight razor or a double edge safety razor is a different experience. And using a shaving brush to make your lather is a 100 times better then the canned goop that smells like deodorant. Spoil yourself with some nice smelling products.
Do some research first if you are interested in returning to old shaving methods. Badgerandblade.com is an excellent place to start and a great way to converse with other shavers. You can do a google search and find others too(Like the Shaving Den).
Also, on youtube there's a guy named Mantic59 who has some great, fun videos worth checking out(Informative too). Up front it'll cost more, but in the long run, you'll save LOTS of money. The razor blades are way cheaper then cartridges. The brushes and razors themselves can last a lifetime."
"I bought this when i started because it was cheap. The brush is boars hair and OK. Boars hair is stiff(I don't prefer it). The soap is excellent. The bowl is too small, not recommended for mixing lather. I'd recommend microwaving the soap into the bowl and finding a mug to mix the lather in."
"I bought these for my Merkur razor. Good middle of the road blades. Expensive. I wish i started with a sample pack first. You'll need to to find your perfect blade. These aren't mine, but I'd use them again probably."
"A soup mug is excellent for making your lather. You probably have a spare one in your own house. Its wide enough to allow you good whipping room. Later you may want to upgrade to a Scuttle. Tutorial for Lathering: http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php?t=21136"
"An aftershave with alcohol. I like the scent and despite the alcohol, will use it once and a while. Also try Original Clubman aftershave. Many find it nostalgic, reminding them of barbershops of yore."
"Bought this off westcoastshaving.com(it was $15 cheaper). Very nice looking, matches my Merkur 23c, BUT I have yet to find a brush whose handle fits it. I usually have to fit it with the bristles to hold the brush. Not as nice looking with the brush handle sitting above the arm."
"My second razor and my GO TO razor. I like being able to adjust for my shave. Great weight to it. I even like the ugly knob. Some don't like the non-textured handle also. I don't have a problem with its fluted grip."
"my second brush. LOVE IT. Inexpensive. Best badger hair is better then pure, but lower then silvertip. A great shaving brush. I use it everyday. Amazon.com doesn't have a great selection of brushes to be honest."
"I like to use a warm face cloth(like the barbers) before shaving. Its a nice experience whether you're using warm water from the tap(or kettle) or microwaving you cloth. Will open up your pores for a more comfortable shave."