Thank you very kindly. I hope that your shaving experience goes well, and I'll happily answer any questions. Note the links in the post you reference on razor samplers (there are quite a few) and the oil pass (which I find quite effective).
So what made you abandon the disposable world of shaving? I've not yet taken the plunge although I've contemplated it a few times, usually just after selling a kidney to buy a pack of 4 cartridges. Plus I've become more attuned lately to the amount of waste (particularly plastic) we create.