In light of Mr. Dodd's epic articles "Gongfu Shave" and "Adventures in Shave Land" (I should also mention Hobbes' briefer comments, though I can't seem to find the right posts), I have delved into the world of "real" wet shaving.
Having tired of the multi-bladed lift-and-ravage devices, I perused the newbie guides at Badger & Blade, and ordered myself a Merkur HD razor (the same as Steven's) some shaving cream, a brush, and various other odds and ends. Though it takes some time to learn, I am already enjoying it, and actually looking forward to shaving every morning! I much prefer a couple nicks to widespread irritation and ingrown hairs caused by multi-blade cartridge razors, and the smell of real shaving cream is far more luxurious than the canned stuff!
Anyway, I just wanted to announce my new hobby. If you enjoy tea the same way Mr. Dodd, Hobbes, and Eastree do, you might take similar pleasure in executing a close, comfortable shave.
[Tea related note- the black bowl shown above, in addition to working well for lathering, would be an excellent choice as a newbie matcha bowl (a.k.a. chawan). It is the perfect size, and is very cheap! I got this one in a pack of two at Target.]