Just signed up for the forum, amazed at the amount of info and help you all freely share. So I figured I would ask a question along with my hello. Thank you in advance to anyone who cares to respond to this.
I am 3 painful shaves in with a new "shave ready" DOVO 504 Straight Razor I purchased from an online retailer who seems to have been getting poor reviews on the forum. Anyway, as they stated this was shave ready, technically it DOES shave with quite a bit of work. Now I thought I was likely doing it wrong, and I still likely am doing it wrong, but I just feel my blade is a little lack-luster. I have been getting a shave at my barber for the past year or so, I know how a professional shave feels, and my attempts with this blade are far from that.
After scouring youtube, I found the "hair drop test" and figured I would give it a go. Basically, it is just pull a hair out of your noggin, pinch it between your fingers, and lower over a open blade. Now it may be my hair is just too fine to catch and cut, but as i bring it down onto the blade, it just slips over the edge, no cut, no snag even.
Regretfully I did not find this site before I made the purchase. Anyway, I live in NYC and have found a store close by that claims to have a sharpening service for $30 USD (http://www.nyshavingcompany.com/sharpening.html). As I am already in the hole I would at least like to get this puppy up and running, and know that someone with experience has looked it over to confirm yes it is dull, or no and I am the reason for the poor shaves. Has anyone had any experience with the New York Shaving Company? Look forward to getting to know fellow SR folks. Thanks again.