I had a nice hot shower, and then lathered up with Proraso. This is where I ran into problems, how do I hold this thing? What felt like a natural way of holding the blade did not lend itself well to seeing my face in the mirror. Once I figured out what SHOULD work for me I started in. Wow this thing is loud! I could hear it cutting the hairs over the running water in the sink! I shaved one cheek, then fumbled around trying to figure out how to hold the razor in the other hand, and shaved my other cheek. As I go to shave my chin (not up to trying the neck yet) I smack my chin with the blade, I feel heat, "Oh boy this is not going to be good..." I shave my chin and nothing too bad. The little cut is bleeding, but I don't think I need to call 911 yet. So I finish my first pass (face only no neck) and thought that it went much easier and faster than I expected. I seriously thought of just cleaning up and calling it a day.... but again it went too easy, "Lather up!" Because I was more worried about cutting off a slab of cheek, and getting used to holding the razor in both hands, I have no idea what order I did WTG XTG or ATG... but I don't really care either at this point. I went for a second pass, and ventured into neck shaving, not too bad! I was shaving my chin for the second time and I got an honest nic, not just being stupid and hitting myself, but a nic I can be proud of. I ended up doing 3 passes (probably closer to 1.5 passes with all the spots I missed) and I don't think I ended up with that bad of a shave. I am not BBS, I have a nice little slice on my chin with a mini me nick just below it and I found the slightest nic just below my right ear. The little weepers disappeared after a cool splash, the slice on the other hand.... pressure, blood, pain stick (styptic pencil), blood, ice cube, blood, more ice cube and scrubbing the pain stick into the slice, a little less blood, nice big chunk of TP, I think I've stopped the blood.
Will there be a day of faceturbation? Not today. Will I shave with a straight again? Not today. Will I shave with a straight tomorrow? Absolutely Will I throw out my Merkur DE? Absolutely not.