I've been trying to arrive at a decent edge on the hones with a tricky polished straight and ran into a snag. After two passes of not cutting much with it, I decided to head for my Parker stainless steel shavette and put a Lord half-blade in it rather than strop another straight. Hadn't used the Parker since April or May, but boy has my technique improved since then! Mowed down everything in one pass without any blood. Always had at least one cut when I used that thing before. In any case, it's the technique (read: pulling skin taught and proper blade angle) that's going to be the thing; IMO, you'll probably lose less blood from the start with a straight. But on the other hand, stropping is a lesson in itself. 'tis true that a Parker will only set you out about $20. No right or wrong here--the learning curve awaits in any case.
Last edited by Alum of Potash; 12-13-2011 at 08:44 PM.
"Near is my shirt, but nearer is my skin" (late 16th-century English proverb).