I have been DE shaving for a few months now and absolutely love it, I have a 1930s era closed comb Gillette tech fatboy razor, and a 1930s era open comb Gillette razor, I have been using shark blades with great success.
As for soaps, I use half of an almond size dollop of CO Bigelow tube shave cream with the cheapie Van Der Hagen soap puck. I lather in a rice bowl I picked up at my local market. So far I have 3 brushes, one Van Der Hagen boar hair brush, one Ωmega boar hair brush and one Ωmega badger hair brush.
As for an aftershave splash, I use the T.N Dickenson's Witch Hazel with a few drops of Sandalwood essential oil to add some fragrance to it.
Most of my early issues stemmed from not getting the lather built up enough to provide adequate protection and with getting the pressure and blade angle correct.
Anyone have pics of their vintage or current model DE razors?
Here is my Gillette Tech fatboy.