I had tried all sorts of vintage and modern straights and I had honed quite a few myself. But none gave me a decent shave. After sending some to a Honemeister and on their return found I still couldn't get a decent shave I thought that something must be wrong. I persevered and lately I managed a good shave. I then went back to the ones I had honed ans wow great shave!
After all, that I could manage to produce a decent edge - I just couldn't use it!
Happier now ;-)