I'm making the transition of using a common cartridge razor (Gillette Fusion) to using a double-edged razor so that I can: 1. Get a closer shave. 2. Save (lots of) money.
Double-edged razors are said to give you a closer shave than cartridge razors and, almost more importantly, double-edged blades cost hardly anything. For a measly $60 CAD (including shipping/handling) I could buy 200 Feather blades on Ebay which would last me four years
; for the same price I could buy just eight Gillette Fusion cartridges which would last me a few months
I've done some looking around and it looks like I'll start off with a Merkur "1904" razor
, Feather blades and a badger-hair shaving brush. Merkur seems to be highly esteemed among people who use double-edged razors, Feather blades are said to be the sharpest blades of them all and badger-hair brushes are said to lift hair better than other types of brushes.
Now this leaves me with shaving cream: what should I use? Does the shaving cream you use matter much when it comes to shaving?