It has been over two years now since I first picked up a traditional razor and I haven't looked back. Tired of the results (or lack thereof) and cost of electric razors and their kin, I decided to pick up the 'traditional' shaving arts as a way to better myself and to also pick up a new hobby. Needless to say, I had no idea that it would turn into the interest that it is today.If there is one thing that I have learned over the years it is that you should never compromise on quality or results. I have spent a LOT of money trying different creams, razors, and the like, and for a long time I kept them all on hand. However, it dawned on me one day that it is to my advantage to only keep around the things I truly enjoy and those that meet my standards. It just makes the whole process better and prevents frustration, which is the last thing you need when you have an exceptionally sharp blade in your hand. I won't keep anything in my rotation that I do not like 100%. I am mainly a DE style shaver, but I have experience in straights as well both modern Japanese disposable and traditional honed varieties. They all have their place in use, but really it will always come down to the user and what he wants to experience. Really there is only one place to start, however, and that is at the beginning.