I bought a straight here that was not shave ready. I believe I got it pretty good, not as good as more experienced members could do, but enough to shave with. I had four moles removed from my face, three were directly in the shaving area, so I took a week off from shaving to make sure I did not irritate the moles. That, and my girlfriend was out of town so she wouldn't see my face and complain that I hadn't shaved. Anyways, I followed my usual routine of shave after shower, but this time I superlathered with VDH and KMF lime, then face lathered. I went WTG, XTG, and ATG. I had one (barely) weeper in the crease between my chin and lower lip. Other than that, I had a bit of irritation and redness at the back corners of my jaw. I then applied alum and witch hazel as usual, and noticed very little sensation from either. The shave I got was not BBS, but I'd have to say for the ability to remove 1 week of hair, I think I did a pretty good job. I'll have to try to get the edge nicer, and I should have some lapping paper in the mail soon. PS, I'm finally learning how to use NO pressure while shaving. Couple of times, I thought I was about to get a huge gash from using too much pressure and the blade skipped on my face. By the end I was only hearing the blade cutting down hair instead of feeling it.