Always have be a wet shaving fan, and lusted after a straight for many years. My wife came home today with a new Henckels twin beauty straight. Although I'm anxious to start this new experience, I'm hesitant. I've got a couple of complicating factors that make me cautious; I've had my face cut up enough for three lifetimes, and don't want to self-inflict any additional damages.
I had a run in with cancer a couple of years ago...lost 50% of my jaw, had the jaw rebuilt with a bone transplant from my leg and a bunch of titanium, plus tissue from my left arm. Radiation to the area has given me a permanent "smooth as a baby's butt" face on the left side. Where radiation goes, hair doesn't grow, as they say. the tissue transplant did some damage to my left hand, so switching hands is also a non-starter. It's going to be a right hand only shave on the right side of my face; am I an idiot (wait....don't answer that....:^) for trying this? I'm 52 years old...I'd sort of prefer to see 53.
The straight isn't quite shaving sharp, either. I'm going to try stropping and see if it gets good enough to cut without ripping the whiskers out, but I'm thinking a proper hone is going to be the order of the day. I'm in Western Canada; any members here willing to help out a new guy with that?
thanks in advance!