I've been buying mid-range disposable razors and tubes of shaving cream for a few months now since I started blade shaving again. I used electric for years before that. Anyway, I bought a Gillette Mach 3 the other day. It cost about $10 for the razor and $20 for the blade refills. I also bought some brand name wet-shaving cream along with a dish and a shaving brush for about $30 so the total kit cost about $60. I dipped the shaving brush in hot water and then lathered up the shaving cream. The warm shaving cream was pleasant on my face, but if I used the same methods to warm up the cheap shaving cream, it felt just as good. The bigger surprise was the shave with the Mach 3. I have to say it was totally ordinary. About the same as with the mid-range disposable Shick and Gillette razors I've been using which cost about $2.50 each, or maybe even a bit worse. Gilette says the Mach 3 is good for 10 shaves but after 3 shaves it feels like I need a new blade. I begin to think this whole expensive-shaving thing is a scam to get money out of brand-name snobs.