I have won a few razors on eBay recently and now I can't afford to eat. However, I have learned a bit more about razors and it seems to me that the people who shaved daily with straights 100 years ago didn't all have Nortons or Belgian corticules. One Crown and Sword looks like it's been honed on a kerbstone but obviously the owner found this sufficient. I also remember how my Grandfather kept his Gillette DE going with the same blade years by pushing it round the inside of a glass tumbler between shaves; and he was never scruffy. I strop my straights on my jeans. I know that with the right tools and sufficient skill I can get the blade scary sharp but in reality shaving sharp can be achieved by an ordinary bloke with a very basic razor and a rough bit of stone; as it was for centuries before machine-made SS titanium-coated disposable blades were available as an alternative. Either we're a bit too picky these days or else we've just gone soft.