"Newbie" sounds much nicer than "NFG", but with a user name such as mine, well.... About ready; have the Steptic pencil & have already experienced its joys (not from straight shaving yet, will try Alum next time) & still need to get my strop. Questions about Barbicide & razors. Can razors be left in the solution; various scale materials, especially stabilized wood scales.Have a Barbicide container with the metal basket. Recommended method for sterilization use. "Learning the ropes" about razor reconditioning (THANK YOU Bill Ellis & Lynn Abrams) on some old chipped/cracked blades before working on some nicer blades; working on pin removal with lousy/broken scales. Oh boy, making and repining next! Will be posting MANY NFG questions & hoping that I don't embarrass myself too much! I "jumped" into this collecting & life style pretty hard; thankfully I avoided most of Bill's recommended e-Bay hazards & mistakes. Most, not all. By the way, I seem to recall something on Bills Restoration CD about his "shout box" & giving a real name "if you have any hair on your ass." At my age the hair grows EVERYWHERE except on the top! Name's Ken (with a hard "K"; its a Celtic joke).Thanks whom ever.