So I've been using this razor for about three weeks now. I use the "unscented" pre-shave oil from The Art of Shaving. I put the "unscented" in quotation marks because it's made from botanical oils that have their own aroma - sandalwood, pepper, lavender, and a few others. It doesn't have a strong odor, and the Ragin' Mrs. sniffed it and said "It just smells... well... masculine." In any case, the aroma doesn't last after you lather up and shave. I haven't used an aftershave or balm yet.
So far, it's the best shave I've had in my life. Seriously. I use a generic glycerine shaving soap that I bought from a soap shop in Seattle, that I've been using for the last six months or so. I've been using a mug and brush for years, because I can't stand the chemical glop that comes out of a can. I change the razor out once a week, and a ten pack of razors cost me about $6.00, if I remember correctly. Once I got the technique down, I was clean as a whistle. The only place my wife can feel any stubble is right under my chin, and I had stubble there with a cartridge razor as well. It's just a spot that's hard to shave no matter what razor I use. I just shave after I shower, and it takes a few extra minutes. I have less ingrown hairs too. I used to get them on my cheeks and my chin. I haven't had a one since I started using the safety razor.
All in all, I wish I had done this sooner.