Parallax, I'd encourage the Whipped Dog deal as well. It's very important starting out with straights that you have one that is honed well, otherwise you're not likely to have a good experience. The sharpness of the straight is everything, so it's important to start with a known quantity. A shavette may be another option, but that will be different than a real straight as it uses a DE-like blade, and is very sharp, and less forgiving than a real straight.
James - 2011 R41 w/Ikon Handle, Feather, Arko (face lather), TGN Super Silvertip brush, Alum Block, Witch Hazel, Gillette Sun-Up AS
BOTOC - LOSER - SSB - ARKO - TOFLAC-U