First thread is at the limit and I'm pretty excited to be a part of the team. Let's keep the ball rolling! I've actually solved my lather problem since that post. I just add more water. I soak my soap with a bit of water while I'm in the shower while soaking my brush in a glass. My sink stopped doesn't work, so I have repurposed a perfectly shaped beer glass for water. I do use a bowl. I load the brush for a good 40 seconds or so [my mistake was buying a shitty 10 dollar synthetic brush; I'm vegan so I don't use animal hair, and didn't research better synthetics] and then start lathering in the bowl. After it starts to lather, I dip it in the water, and keep going. I do it about 3 times until the lather is a thick, yogurt consistency. After, I basically lather further on my head. I brush it on, dip the brush in the water, and gently make circles. Works a charm. Completely different shave now. I do though. I've even tried dipping it in rubbing alcohol like some people suggest. I don't mind, though. For two reasons: 1) Blades are cheap as fuck. I could be using a new blade every single day and still save money over using cartridges. 2) I imagine it's better to work on your technique with sharp, new blades instead of focusing on how to work with fading blades. I'm actually using a Merkur 34c. I love it so far, but don't have anything to compare it to. It came highly recommended [and here you are recommending it again]. There are a few reasons: Some of the chemicals in the canned stuff can dry out your skin, which can lead to a "too close" shave. That can end up with ingrown hairs and small nicks. The scent: The canned stuff just doesn't smell nice, if it has a scent at all. The Proraso shave soap I'm using has a glorious Sandalwood scent that is subtle and delightful for hours after I shave. It's a really relaxing scent. The hobby: A large portion of the community seems to be guys like me who are having fun. I wouldn't go through the trouble if it wasn't a good time. Even as a beginner, it feels more like a hobby than a chore. It's the more relaxing part of my day. Just taking an hour, taking a long hot shower, and then shaving my head. On top of that, there are so many products out there that you can try and have fun with. If you prefer the canned stuff and are doing the wet-shaving thing specifically for cost-effectiveness and a closer shave, the canned stuff might be for you. But if it becomes more of a hobby, the shave soaps and creams seem like they're half the fun.