This is what I purchased from Tony Miller. And it came in handy today, as I just received a straight razor I had bought on eBay. It wasn't quite ready for prime time. But a little stropping on the pasted sides of the paddle strop, and I was able to get a nice shave from it.
Originally Posted by jscott
Morgan, since you're new to single blade shaving, I would advise easing into multiple passes, as well as against the grain. If you can get away with two passes -- one with the grain, the other across the grain -- for a while, do that. As your technique improves with both a DE and straight razor, you can attempt additional passes, even ATG. I too have a pretty rough beard and sensitive skin. I can get a pretty nice shave with a two-pass WTG/XTG. It's not BBS smooth, but it's presentable, and certainly better than when I used cartridge razors. If I'm feeling frisky, I'll throw in an additional XTG pass in the opposite direction from the first XTG pass. That third pass really smooths things out nicely. As far as ATG...I've been wet shaving for five months now, and I can only do ATG on a few small areas. So my technique clearly still needs work.
Oh, and get ready for the fire hose treatment when you get Lynn's DVD. It's chock full of good stuff. His razor collection is out of control.
Finally, another great resource for you can be found here. It's a great read.
[URL="http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php?t=9701"]Manuel's Hall of Fame Entry[/URL]