WoW! I'm finally starting to see the light and to experience smooth, comfortable BBS shaves. (well...ok, one anyways...)
My kit is up to where I'd like it to be:(thanks to my sensei Soopercat!)
My razor (that in my noobness I thought might not be sharp) is actually really really really sharp.
My stropping is good.
My lathering is almost to the point of perfection (a little shot of glycerine helps with my really hard water)
My post shave routine adds just the final touch to it all, followed by a nice clean scent.....
And there is a certain satisfaction in knowing that I'm truly operating independently of that horrible "consume more disposable crap" mentality (at least in this one aspect of my life).
Plus I think it is the coolest thing in the world to shave well with a razor that is more than 100 years old!
Not sure what the point of this ramble is... except to let others know that the persistence and perseverance really are worth the trouble.
I now proudly proclaim myself a "shavegeek"!
Thanks B&B and to all the fine, fine, gentlemen here who have offered so much encouragement and advice.