I decided today after much hemming and hawing (two years worth) to make the plunge and join the small portion of the population that enjoys waking up every morning and putting a lethal piece of cold sharp steel to their face to wake up. In the form of a straight razor.
I'm ordering a Sight Unseen (straight razor and strop) from Larry at the Whippeddog.com since for all the research i have done i can't make any more assumptions on the pros and cons of any style or functional changes until I have actually had a hand in it. I'm also getting a Van Der Hagen bowl, brush and soap set from Amazon tomorrow. Let me know if I've already made a glaringly obvious mistake.
Figured i'd better join you gentlemen at the Badger and Blade who are like minded in your endeavors to resurrect this seemingly lost art form. And so that i can have support to fall back on if i need it and to offer support, wisdom and advice once i have acquired some. I thoroughly enjoy being a part of your community already.