I wasn't going to use it yet- but there was my newly arrived Whipped dog razor (a Wolstenholm and sons IXL), strop, oils/hooks, and balsa wood with abrasives- all laid out and each attached with a different set of instructions. I had played around with a shavette before- and received quite a few cuts on those experimental outings- I was going to wait until I had a few more days growth, a better lighting setup (visiting my parents for the weekend) ect. But I needed to load up my new horsehair brush with arko (to get the new brush smell out and soften it) and I could use some of the lather to oil the strop to boot! As I went about my task a powerful lather was built up and the Razor beckoned. Somehow I had gotten a hot towel to my face and two minutes later my arm moved with the dutiful and mechanical motions of something not entirely of my own control towards the straight- it was at this point I realized that I would be shaving today.
I ended up doing a 3 pass with the straight, and drew no blood to boot. A real straight is everything I hoped it would be- significantly more forgiving than the shavette- and this hollow ground in particular made it clear when I was doing it right- it sang. Too shallow of an angle and tugging would occur- each hair achingly cut one by one, increase the angle slightly and suddenly it was effortless, the noise of it was so distinct when done right- although I can't yet make it sing every stroke.
The results are passable- nowhere near my practiced hand with a DE razor, and definitely inconsistent, some areas were easy for me to hit right- and they're as close as a perfect DE session would get them- others were missed to a large degree. My face was a bit irritated- but that may have been moved along by the face lathering I ended up doing with the HH brush (those things are REALLY stiff when brand new.)
In the back of my mind I had been worried that I had made a mistake deciding to buy a straight razor- the Shavette hadn't helped that too much. This first session, while not perfect, has convinced me that if I can maintain the blade properly and get my technique down that I've found the end of the line for my acquisitions in shaving- and it turned out to be right near the beginning.
One question to end, what oil should I use on the blade to keep it from rusting?