Wet shaving can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. I am in a phase in my life where simple is more desirable. So I have cut down on my hardware - razors specifically - and decided to just shave with one razor for a while and see how I like it.
I decided I would use only the pictured razor. It is a 1930's model New style Gillette razor. It has an open comb instead of a solid safety bar but I have yet to cut myself with it. I've been using it, or another one just like it, pretty much since the end of May and it always delivers a great shave.
I sent it off to Sport Shaving to replate it from tarnished, worn and chipped to its current shine. Here is what it looked like before. Not bad, but it could look better.
I'm sure its not true, but it seems to shave a bit smoother with it being all shiny.
Back to being simple. All that is really needed is a razor, some blades, a brush and some soap. Not 25 razors, 3,000 blades, 45 different hard soaps, 3 dozen creams, 4 pre-shave face washes and 7 pre-shave oils, alum blocks, witch hazel splash, aftershave balms, aftershave splashes and moisturizers.
I wash my face with soap, make lather on my face using 1 shaving soap and my brush, shave, rinse, lather and repeat, then rinse off the soap and splash on some aftershave to tighten the skin and make me smell damn good. No pampering, no metrosexual obsession with a "system" and what not. I'm a man and if I must shave, I will do it right and not worry about anything else.