Don't hold it as shown in the second picture. Joel is absolutely correct in his description of how to hold the razor.
I liken the orientation of a straight razor to the orientation of a violin bow. The correct way doesn't feel natural at first, but with practice, the correct way affords the best freedom of movement... there's a reason it's called "correct"
Enjoying the cold weather in Santa Rosa? I just had Vietnamese food over there the other day at Pho Vietnam on Stony Point Rd... great soup.
"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." [B][COLOR="Sienna"]-Orwell[/COLOR][/B]
"Treat people like a million bucks... but always have a plan on how to kill 'em." [B][COLOR="DarkOliveGreen"]-My Boss[/COLOR][/B]