Its hard to say. I guess it depends on why you use a DE, what do you enjoy about it?
If its the shave, a straight will shave even closer. I know we're now talking about minutia here, but it is closer.
If its the challenge, using a straight does take some time to master, and still offers a good deal of variability when you shave.
If its the practicality of using a DE, you might be better off with the DE. Yes, you have to buy blades. But, how expensive are they? Yes, there's nothing else to buy (yeah, right) with a straight if you hone your own. But the initial buy-in can be a bit much. In terms of time, its probably a wash. After shaving with a straight for a while, its probably going to take about as long as with a DE.
If its the expanse of interesting things to try, I'd say the straight world matches the DE world, if not passes it. Although the individual pieces are probably a bit more expensive.
If its the nostalgia, the straight has got to be the winner, hands down. Unless you have fond memories associated with a DE. Memories trump general nostalgia any day in my book.
If you like comparing different heads,blades, guards etc., then just wait until you are comparing the relative values of grinds, points, and scales.
If you like tinkering, straights are the way to go. There are endless tinkering possibilities. If you don't, then you don't have to do too much. But the edge does have to be kept up.
Then of course, there is the eye candy. But if you aren't drawn to straights, and are happy with your DE, why bother?
Why do I use a straight? Its the best shave with the least irritation. But that may vary from person to person. For me, I was a real problem shaver. I'm not going to go into it all, as I've done that so many times in other posts... But, at the end of the day, it comes down to why you shave, and what would a straight offer you?
Last edited by Cheech; 01-17-2010 at 02:29 AM.
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