Well, I've been shaving with a DE for 5 years now. I love it, I really do, but there's just something so damned seductive about using a straight, so I want to get started doing that. Only one problem...eBay, refurbished or brand new?
From my point of view, if it's an eBay razor, it would need some serious polishing, sharpening, honing, repair, etc. While the prices for some of them are attractive, I honestly wouldn't know where to go from the point I actually have the razor in my hand. Then there's the question of high carbon steel vs. stainless steel. I hear that high carbon is easier to sharpen but requires a lot of maintenance where stainless is virtually maintenance-free but can't hold an edge.
I tried looking for refurbished razors at SRP but I don't know where to look. And the brand new ones are nice but expensive. If I can find a good, inexpensive first straight razor to get used to, that would be ideal.
Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.