I've been a DE convert for a number of months, but until now had been limping along with my starter razor, a Merkur 180 Long. After deciding a new razor was in order, I patiently waited for the new batch of Webers. I had also fully intended to separately purchase a bulldog handle, as I'd realized the longer handle on my Merkur (a length shared by the classic Weber handle) was a nightmare for my larger than average hands. To my surprise and delight, Weber knew my needs and I was ecstatic to order a DLC with a bulldog handle all in one neat little package. That package was waiting for me when I arrived home from work late last night, and I couldn't wait to give her a try this morning.
After preparing a hearty breakfast for me and my lady, I jumped in the shower and began my normal prep routine; a nice hot brush soak, a refreshing cleansing with MRGLO, and artfully building a nice warm lather with Proraso sensitive. I then lovingly installed one of the included Astra Blades (mind you, this is a blade I found to be rather mediocre with the Merkur, but I was a little hesitant to lock in a Feather for my first go with a new razor), and took my first stroke with this beautiful piece of craftsmanship.
I like to think of myself as a fairly cunning linguist (hehe), but I tell you gentlemen, I am at a loss for words. I just can't seem to adequately describe the sensation of the DLC coating. The first stroke was unlike anything I've ever felt when shaving. The sound of the blade slicing through my whiskers almost echoed, but the all too familiar tugging was hauntingly absent. It almost felt as if I had forgotten to put in the blade and was giving the razor a dry run. I literally ran a finger across that latherless patch on my face, just to confirm the hair was really gone. After standing in awe for what felt like a full minute, I continued my shave. With each stroke my excitement grew. With the grain, across the grain, against the grain, no matter the direction, this razor slid gently and efficiently across even my most troubling of spots. After finishing my last pass, I rinsed, and applied alum, without the slightest hint of a sting. I rinsed again, and applied my favorite aftershave (an oil control/toner combo lotion). Finally, I left the bathroom, and went to present my handiwork to the lady of the house. I'll just say the quality of the shave made quite the impression on her as well.
I recognize this is long winded. I recognize this is only my second DE razor, and admit that perhaps my inexperience and limited scope leads me to over sell this razor. But over the many years I've spent dreading my morning shave, the years I've spent struggling with burning and irritation, I can't describe to you the excitement I feel. I'm so glad I took the plunge into wetshaving, and I'm so pleased I stayed patient through the learning period, and I'm utterly grateful for the Weber DLC with a bulldog handle. I'm looking forward to many more wonderful shaves.