I have been using a straight for about three months and have been shaving daily with one for about half of that time. Per most suggestions here, I have been using the same blade (my dovo 5/8ths) all the time until I got my technique down. I am doing fairly well and I think that I will soon bust out my Genco Head Barber 5/8ths and give it a whirl! I will probably wait until my next off day so I can take my time with it. Thanks for all the advice and help along the way and wish me luck!