My DE journey led me into SE, and now I'm getting prepared to go the final step and try straights. I acquired an antique store buy from my wonderful mother (who also found me my first SE at an antique shop), a Wostenholm IXL that to my eye looks as though it's never been honed-no discernable honing 'flats' on the spine even under magnification, the thing looks new. But before I jump in with this one and get all equipped with say a poor man's strop kit and a professional honing, I decided I would go buy a shavette just to get a bit of a feel for how this works. I know that a shavette is a different kind of feel, but if I like the experience I'll consider it $20 well spent.
The other appealing thing about straights is that I like to maintain my own edges. So far that has meant only pocket & kitchen knives, but in 25 years of marriage my wife has never had to ask "Is this knife sharp?"...you could probalby get a pretty passable shave with any knife in my house.
So, wish me luck! I'll try the shavette this weekend and if things progress smoothly, I'll be back on here for some advice on all sorts of straight razor maintenace equipment - and another AD will have sprung up out of nowhere.
As an aside, I've lurked around this part of the forum for months with the idea that when the opportunity presented itself, I would have to try this.