Well...I ended up in the ER on Friday. I've been Straight shaving for 2 months, still a noob, but have been getting great shaves and loving it! Alas, on friday, my SR was at the edge of the counter, started to fall off, and even though my brain said LET IT FALL my right hand instinctively shot out and grabbed it with full force. I knew the moment i saw blood I'd need stitches. it was a DEEP gash on my hand right below my pinky. What i didnt realize till i got to the ER was that I'd SEVERED a NERVE, and lost feeling in my pinky. Seriously. 8 hours later I was in surgery, where they reattached the severed nerve. I stayed in the hospital over-night, then left the next day. 1 hour after leaving I began to have a poor reaction to all the anesthesia and other meds, and had to be RUSHED back to the ER in an ambulance! All is well now, 48 hours later, i am home with a huge cast on my right arm, my girlfriend, bless her heart, never left my side. The saddest part for me is how much I've loved learning how to SR shave, and how excited I am to be doing it, but i fear it will be hard to get back on the horse after this huge accident. I mean SURGERY for christ's sake! Perhaps i will have to let it go. Yes I love the hobby, and love the feel, but this was NOT worth it. I guess Ill have to wait and see. Perhaps the words of the B&B men can convince me otherwise, but right now I wanna quit. Here is a pic of the giant cast in the mean time.