Postby awa54 » Fri Sep 02, 2022 11:03 pm
I gave straights a try, but it's really a whole different pursuit than safety razor shaving... in the morning, half awake in the shower, what I need is a clean shave without drama, blood or red skin, not a test of my skill, commitment and technique.
If you truly want to pursue shaving as a hobby, art, or test of skill, then I'd suggest a vintage straight that's shave ready, they can be had for under $100, if you love it, then you can sink the big bucks on a top flight razor at a later date.
BTW, sharpening a straight is only tangentially related to the techniques used to get a great edge on a knife... a sharp but unrefined edge will leave your face a bloody mess and a refined, but imperfectly sharp edge will tug and likely force your hand so you get nicks *and* a terrible shave. As I understand it, technique will overcome dullness to a fair extent, but until you possess that technique it's a big challenge.
If you want a taste of unprotected blade without spending big money, get a FaTip, the blade has complete exposure, so you need exacting control to shave without nicks and irritation (just like a straight, but with a more familiar handle angle).
still more knives than sharpening stones...