As someone who has contemplated beginning to shave with a straight, I'm finding these discussions interesting. At the present time, due to cost and time I am leaning towards using a Feather AC or a Shavette, so I'm eagerly awaiting the Shavette review.
The one concern I have about the Feather AC (and possibly the Shavette) is blade availability. This is less of a problem with the Shavette, as it can take normal DE blades, but in terms of the AC, since it is a niche product, how long can we reasonably expect to be able to buy the blades for them? Furthermore, should blade availability become a problem, how difficult would it be for someone who learned to shave with the AC/Shavette to translate their technique to a more traditional straight?
With all of that said, sometime this year, a straight or Feather or Shavette will show up on my doorstep.
[I]"There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it's only a hundred billion. It's less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers."[/I]