Several months past the predicted trial date, I've finally tried out my safety razor. And let me tell you, I'm a huge fan.
For starters, I had to clean the handle, as it once belonged to my grandfather. I cycled through boiling it, soaking it in soapy water, scrubbing it with a toothpick and an old toothbrush, and soaking it in rubbing alcohol. I went through that cycle at least twice, I think I boiled it one last time after that. That seemed to get all the soap scum and gunk out of the crevices, and left me pretty certain that I'd killed any lingering bacteria.
Shaving with a safety razor does take some extra effort, compared to the plastic one with 3-4 blades. I had to do two passes on my legs to get them smooth, and go more slowly. I had to do a lot of passes under my arms, primarily because I was trying to get the blade angle right, and not doing short enough strokes. That led to some irritation, but it faded in less than a day. The extra time doesn't bother me much, because I shave about once a week so an extra 3-5 minutes isn't that big a deal.
I didn't use any fancy extra equipment, like brushes and special soaps, etc., that I'd read about online. I lotioned my legs before and after, and I used my normal bar of moisturizing soap for the actual shave. I also did my complete shower routine before I shaved, so the hair had a chance to soften up. That system seems to have worked pretty well, in my opinion.
Some fuss, no frills: I think the safety razor is here to stay.