So I recently grew a beard. Which for me, is sort of ill-advised, because I have impressively wiry, tough facial hair (I once dated a girl who literally would have nothing to do with me in the bedroom if I hadn't shaved that day) and pretty soft, sensitive skin. Shaving has always been a sort of unpleasant experience for me, usually resulting in those evil red bumps or just general skin irritation, my time in the military was pretty unpleasant as well, as I was often sent home mid-workday to shave a second time, as my superiors were sometimes convinced I hadn't shaven at all (because it grows so fast). I'd NEVER experienced what I now know to be called a BBS shave.
So I had this beard, and after four weeks without shaving, it had gotten pretty uncomfortable. But shaving is such a nightmare when it gets that long, and I can't really afford to be buying things like electric trimmers, because as I live out of a backpack, space is sort of at a premium, and each thing I buy tends to replace something else. So I went to a barber and was just going to ask him to buzz my beard, but due to a translation issue, he thought I wanted a full shave.
Best mistranslation to come of my crappy Spanish skills ever. My face was clean shaven, and I could run my fingers against the grain and feel nothing but smoothness. So I'm hooked, no more crappy disposables or nine-bladed, vibrating mach-whatever's for me, thank you very much. I'll take a straight razor.
But there's the catch: I live out of a backpack, and sort of need to keep everything I buy portable. It seems to me that a strop and hone would be a bit of hassle to lug about everywhere I go. Does anyone have recommendations on where to start as far as buying a straight-style razor and appropriate travel gear? I was looking at a shavette (Dovo caught my eye) or a Feather RG folder, but I would really like some feedback before I just dive in. I'll probably get a classic "actual straight" razor when I'm done wandering around, but for now, avoiding the maintenance-related gear makes sense.
Bonus points if your suggestion looks totally awesome.