So, this is my plan (feel free to comment):
I'm just getting started but it seems that the best way to learn is to do. I've done my homework and I think it's time to get my hands dirty. However, the problem remains that aside from flaying myself, there doesn't seem to be any easy way to tell whether I've properly honed my straight without having some sort of example to compare it with. That being the case, I was thinking of picking up a few cheap straights--I know of the Gold Dollars available from Star Shaving but if someone has a better suggestion for a good, cheap straight I'm all ears--having one properly honed by someone who knows how, and then using the others to practice and compare.
With that in mind, I'd certainly appreciate recommendations as to who would be someone to turn to in order to have a cheap straight properly honed (and as mentioned above, any recommendations regarding another source/type of cheap straight would also be welcome).
Thanks in advance.