A couple of weeks back i bought, almost on a whim, a merkur 34C and a big box of Astra blades from here. I've always been a wet shaver, but with the usual suspect Gillette / Wilkinson sword disposable cartridge types, and I'd been meaning to have a go at a proper safety razor which this gave me the chance to do.
Wow. Bar a couple of tiny nicks due to rushing, the blood loss has been insignificant and the closeness and comfort is extraordinary. No more razor rash, I get 4 shaves easily out of each blade and at 8p a blade that's basically free once the initial outlay for the razor and first 100 blades is taken into account.
Any recommendations for other blades to have a go with? nothing wrong with the ones i have but happy to listen to opinions. And what do you do with the used blades, at the mo they're sitting on top of the bathroom cabinet in an old tin but how do you safely dispose of them?