So I was having a look at this thread: http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/296942-How-Many-Shaves And it made me wonder... I just bought a sight unseen from whippeddog and have been using it every day for 11 days now. I have noticed a slight decline in the quality of my shaves despite the fact that my technique has improved vastly already. I have been stropping on leather 20 times both pre- and post-shave (good? bad?) And I have used the balsa paste twice now. I guess my question is how often should I be using the paste? Am I stropping enough or too much (assuming my technique is decent, which it may not be)? Should I even expect to be able to tell a difference in keenness of edge after only 11 shaves, or am I probably not experienced enough to notice? The blade still feels extremely keen to me when shaving my cheeks (even xtg), but it really chokes on my upper lip, even wtg. Is that (probably) due to my technique? Despite all the questions, I'm not in a panic. I'm actually enjoying this new journey quite a lot! Any input is welcome. Thanks again!