It all started when I was considering shaving my head totally. I had a goatee at the time and thought it would be cool for the heat of the summer. After consultation the women of the house it was thought that I should just start with shaving the facial hair and leaving the soul patch. I had been a disposable razor user up to this point, trying to make them last as long as possible and getting some rough shave after the first few times of shaving. I also used canned shaving cream and occasionally soap or conditioner to shave with, and no aftershave. my son had purchased a safety razor and offered to let me borrow it. He had bought a variety pack of double edge razor blades and we put in a new blade and I gave it a try. It shaved well but I was still not convinced to purchase at this point. I accompanied the family to the local beauty supply store and was looking around and ran across a disposable safety razor that was inexpensive and decided this was an opportunity to give shaving with a safety razor a more extended try. I purchased it and like the way it shaved but the handle would become loose during shaving and I got kicked a couple of times because of this and it did not shave as well when the head of the razor was loose. I liked it enough that I did internet and you-tube searches for shaving and found several videos that showed the steps involved and a website that I could order what I needed all at once. the website is maggard razors they offer a variety of handle shapes and weights and everything that would be needed to start, they even have a beginners starter kit, i did not get the starter kit as I was not totally convinced but it did make money sense to me after seeing the packs of razors for sale when we made or monthly big box shopping trip into town. for example a 3 pack of replacement mach 3 lists for a round $30.00 just for the blades that may last a couple of months if cared for well. where as the started kit can be had from Maggards for between $30.00 and $70.00 with everything you need to shave for 3-4 months if you take cake of you blades also, But in my research I found I could purchase enough of the highest rated blades to change blades once a week and have enough to shave for over a year for $15.00. This seemed to be a better investment than buying disposable razors to me. I would have a super nice stainless steel razor and could have enough blades for a year of shaving than I could buy a 3 pack of throw away razor heads. It was also nice to remember my grandfather standing in front of the mirror shaving in this same way almost 50 years ago now.