Up until today, the only wet shaving I've done has been cartridges. As the years rolled on I've noticed that the number of shaves I have has gone down in proportion as the number of blades in a cartridge has risen. For months now, I've not even bothered with wet shaving at all. I'll let my beard grow for a few weeks, run hair trimmers over it to reduce to stubble, sometimes leaving a goatee, and then leave it a few weeks, run hair trimmers etc..
Well today I received my Whipped Dog Sight Unseen razor in the post, and had my first attempt at a straight razor shave. I've still got both ears and the end of my nose, so I count that as a success :)
I had probably about a weeks growth, and totally ignored the advice Larry sent with the razor to reduce it to stubble before my first SR shave. I figured if I'm going to stick with this, I need to know how to handle my usual shaving pattern first. So with my cheap Wilkinson Sword brush and a cereal bowl, I whipped a dollop of "Maca Root Shave Cream" from the Body Shop into a reasonable looking lather.. Applied to face and started shaving..
The hardest part was trying to get a good skin stretch without displacing my glasses. I couldn't see well enough without them, and couldn't see when I pulled them up to my eyebrows either. I did a WTG pass on both cheeks and neck, and XTG on cheeks, ATG on neck. I left goatee and a little stubble close to it by accident :)
Result is generally as close as a cartridge, and although I've a few weepers, I'm pretty happy with this as a first attempt..