Well I have been using the straight razor now for about three weeks and have had some pretty crummy and painful shaves. With each passing shave I found that I became better and better at stroping and slowly but surely the shave got closer and closer. This morning I awoke early and decided I should shave before going to work. As I sit here at my desk I am amazed at my BBS face! Unbelieveable! One good shave down a lifetime more to go! Thanks to everyone on this board as your postings as well as some videos on youtube have made this possible!