NOTE: all shaves will be with Kyle's Prep unless otherwise stated.
Col Conk Dovo 5/8 Best Quality Str8
Illinois Strop Co Strop (thx to Bear Den) - 35 strokes on the leather
Awkward...definitely going to take a bit to get used to the hand positions etc which are different from a DE. It helped to know blade angles from my DE experiences, to have watched all the vids and simply try to adjust for a str8.
Cheeks went well with ATG. Chin...eh...neck...YIKES OWWW! All the hair goes E--W on my neck, so WTG is always out. But I initially went XTG down part way below the jawline (similar to what I do with a DE). Lots of tugging and catching. Adjusted angle a bit and tugging subsided somewhat....still there, but better.
More of the same...maybe a tad better. XTG on cheeks was flat out awkward, but I was able to knock it out. Neck...better. Still not the best, but its my first shave after all!
After this pass I did what all say not to...reached for the DE. Face was started to get that certain feel that says: "I can't take much more w/o irritation." I can't describe it...just get a feeling. Couple of quick swipes with a DE and I'm in BBS with no irritation.
Proraso ASB....good to go!
All in all...I can't complain. It was my very first attempt with a str8 after watching Lynn, Joel, Jockeys vids etc.