The Miami Dolphins have started cutting the roster in earnest and coincidentally I also need to buy new razor blades today - so I thought I'd throw this out there and see what sort of response comes back...if any. Last Christmas my request for a gift was a double-edge razor/safety razor. I'd been thinking about it for a while and for three main reasons it made sense to me. 1 - We've been trying to get a little less wasteful and disposable razors are a whole load of plastic that can't be recycled due to the combined materials in the razor. Safety razors use wholly metal blades, and most razors are also usually all metal or wood and metal. 2 - The cost of premium cartridge razors is just stupid. I'd almost refuse to buy them on principle. Different guys get different mileage out of each cartridge but my facial leans towards the tough side. I'm just not paying that much money, especially because the cartridges themselves also contribute to #1 above. 3 - I like the whole aesthetic of a classic style razor and the idea of spending a bit of time learning to perfect the art of a close shave appealed. In fact, I find the idea of straight razors (cut-throat razors) appealing, but I'm probably a little too lazy to maintain the blade on a good razor, so decided a safety razor was the right landing spot for me. At least for now. And so, I received my razor for Christmas. A Merkur 34-C (recommended all over the web as a decent starter razor with a bit of heft to it). I bought mine from a UK shaving site, along with a few sample packs of different blades and found a couple of different shaving soaps and a brush in shops nearby. I also manage to find an aftershave I particularly like. Half a year on, and although I definitely went through a learning curve with not too many nicks and cuts but definitely a few days of unpleasant razor burn, I've managed to get it down. A nice clean and smooth shave with minimal to no irritation and no cuts. The wife loves it, and my daughter too - she hates hugs and kisses where my face is 'scratchy'. And I also love it. I enjoy my evening routine whereby I take a shower before bed and then shave afterwards 2 or 3 times a week. It's nice 10-15 minute break of peace and quiet in the bathroom, with some really nice scented soap, hot water, and the blade. It also gives me the periodic enjoyment of finding new soaps etc. when needed - a little bit of masculine pampering! Anyway, it just came to mind so I thought I'd mention it. Anyone else have any shaving routines, products or tips you enjoy or want to share?