I have been curious about trying a straight but as I am not sure I'll like it or want to stick with it I was thinking about getting a used one. That way I'm not out as much money if I don't stay with it.
In an antique store today I was looking at old straights. A couple of them seemed like they were in quite good condition. The edges weren't nicked and the blades only had a few dark spots of what I assume is oxidation.
They also seemed quite sharp which surprised me as I assume these old razors would likely be dull. The prices ranged from $20 - $105. The $105 was something called a Duck (I think). I'm looking for something at the lower end to start.
1. Is this a good way to buy a first straight?
2. As I know nothing at all about straights, what should I be looking for in one?
3. I noticed a big difference in the sizes of the blades bewteen different razors. How much difference does this make? One ACME had what I thought was a huge blade.
4. Finally, would I just be better off to find an affordable new one?