First of all, thanks for all the information. My dad never used a straight razor and claims to have never used a DE safety razor, so I would not have had any real place to turn without you guys.
Second, do you notice that your stubble is much sharper than when you used cartridge razors? I'm guessing it's related to the type of cut afforded by a sharp straight razor.
Third, what soap would you recommend that has a nice, manly scent? I have the scent in my head, but I'm not sure how to describe it. One of my uncles used to smell like this, and I've always called it the banker's scent since he was a VP at a bank. He has long since passed, so I can't ask him what he used to wear, unfortunately.
Forth, I'm using a Parker straight razor that accepts half of a DE blade. How would you compare that to a fixed-blade straight razor? I think I'm happy with it, but not knowing about alternatives....