Since starting with straights, about 3 months or 75 shaves ago, I have always been comparing the results to what I could get with the DE. I only just started to exceed the DE shave quality a few weeks ago, but not quite all over the face, still had problem areas (the chin). Anyway, this morning was the first time that I resoundingly beat what I can do with a DE. Therefore - best shave EVER Not BBS all over, with my coarse stubble i never expect it, but definitely a minimum of DFS. The funny thing is it was the first time i had to rush a straight shave - did 2 passes in 15-20 mins from lather to witch hazel. I thought about using the DE, but I really wanted to use the straight. I'm glad i did ! There is no turning back now Thanks for all the collective wisdom. .