I've been wetshaving with a DE for quite a while now, but admit that the art of shaving with a straight razor is highly enticing. I'm not sure exactly where to start, though. I've been looking through these and a few other message boards and seem to get different advice from everyone. I'm looking to get set up with a straight razor and also learn how to keep it in shave ready condition.
What would be a good starter razor? What is the difference between a 5/8 and a 6/8 and which size would be best for a beginner? Should I go with carbon steel or with stainless steel? What are the differences between grinds (1/2 hollow, 1/4 hollow, etc.) and which are the best for beginners? What do I need in the realm of hones/paste/strops and what are the best items in these categories to start learning with?
Sorry if these questions are answered elsewhere on the boards. I've just got a lot of questions and would like some sort of assistance with where to take my quest.
Thanks in advance to all of you that respond.