I did acquire my first shaving brush and puck of shaving soap from the local drug store, which I used with my double-bladed cartridge disposable razor. I used brush and mug until a friend mentioned this wasn't necessary, and I could just use bath soap. He was quite right and those early old-school shaving implements were lost in time; the two-blade cartridge razors could give an adequate, safe, one-pass shave just using bath soap as shaving soap.
I have never lost the hankering to shave with a straight, however. Yet knowing what I know now, I will not acquire and use a straight razor.
The reasons I started DE shaving with mug and brush were those that follow:
- Ecologically more friendly
- Very close shaves
- Enjoyable process
- And the two initial reasons: economy and ecological friendliness