Thanks Magnus! What about a coticlue? I have a local retailer (theperfectedge) that has some select grade blue and yellow but they're a little pricey. I plan on bringing a razor or 2 for him to hone (30k shapton!) and teach me some of the finer points of honing.
Today's shave was (no pics yet):
Razor: Boker 5/8 full hollow 'fine india steel'
Brush: Vulfix 1000A 20mm pure badger
Pre-shave: Hot shower, Dr. Bronners soap (to wash face after shower), hot towel X2, AOS pre shave oil
Cream: TOBS Shaving shop
AS: TOBS Shaving shop
Pretty good results with a nice smooth finish nearly everywhere. I concentrated on less pressure/better angles and resisted the temptation of too many passes. No real 'burn' today just my unfortunately normal 'bumps' on the lower part of my neck. I really like the scent of the TOBS shaving shop (as does my GF
). Also, I LOVE the Dr Bronner's soap. I can really feel the difference in my beard after using it. The poraso pre-shave is on its way (thanks again Magnus!)