Ok, I bought a straight razor from Vintage straight razor .com - it is the damascus blade, that was "shave ready". So I prepped, stroped, and began with about 2 days growth. While I didn't cut the bejezzuz out of my face, I felt that I wasn't cutting the hair. I took so many passes that the shave soap dried on my face. In the end, I had a couple of smooth patches on my checks and neck... very little progress at all on my chin and jaw line. Finally, I got a cheapo disposable and finished because I ran out of free time and had to run.
What irritated the heck out of me (my ego, no my skin) is that that darn disposable cut throught the hair like butter. My beard prep was spot on. Does that mean that my straight razor isn't sharp enough / or a piece of junk? Should it have cut through the beard with much of the same ease as the throw-away?
THanks for the help / advise - I'm the only one I know doing this...and I'm not giving up