I am a returnee to traditional DE shaving, thanks to an accidental set of circumstances and a video by Brian (The Executive Shave Co. Glasgow) and then this forum. Until reading posts on this forum, I never realised all DE blades were far from the same, let alone razors, soaps etc. I am currently testing blades for compatibility with my skin, technique and equipment and have given six brands a thorough trial, with a further six waiting in the wings at the moment and an intention of ordering further trial packs. From these trials, two blades I tried right at the beginning (Voskhod and Personna) give me close comfortable shaves with no irritation or nicks/weepers, yet I am still searching. It’s good to have a few options in case blades become unavailable or difficult to source at any time, but I am not sure this is why I am searching. I feel I am looking for “the one” that beats these options and then I will search for better than that, but is there better than close and comfortable, reasonably carefree shaving? Is this what carries over to Razors and Brushes? I have a 1985 Gillette Black Beauty that tames every blade in relation to my Rocca, yet I find myself wondering if I could have landed on my perfect razor at first purchase, 18 years of age.....I hope not, as there is such eye candy out there. Similar is my brush situation. I have a best badger brush from the Traditionsl Shave Co. In Leeds. It sheds a hair every shave, though I do not scrub it, feels reasonably soft, makes reasonable lather and only cost £30, so should give a few years service. What has “caused” your collections, is it a never ending search for better?