Gentlemen, I have a confession to make. I have been straight shaving for over 2 months now and I really like it a lot. I had the day off today and was planning on having a nice relaxing straight shave this morning, but I went out last night and had a little too much fun. I finally rolled off the couch and hopped in the shower about an hour ago. When I went to my shelf to grab my weapon of choice, I saw my lonely Muhle R89 that I had loaned out to a friend for the last month to get him in to wet shaving. Feeling a little lazy and sorry for my DE razor, I grabbed it and loaded it up with an Astra SP and whipped up some MWF.
It makes me a little sad to say this, but the result was truly the best shave I have had in about 2 months....... Two passes and a little touch up left my face 100% irritation free and very smooth. A real BBS shave.
Again, I love straight shaving and will definitely continue to do it. When actually shaving with a straight though, I know my technique and edge maintenance are things I really need to improve on. There are still a couple spots on my face that I can't get without feeling tugging or irritation due to improper angle or not stretching well. And I know that my honing/stropping are far from great because when I get a razor honed by someone who knows what they are doing, my results are much better for the first couple shaves. But after maybe 3 shaves, the razors really feel like they tug more and don't feel as smooth on my skin. So that is my confession for today. Hopefully it won't be something that happens too often.