After numerous threads on wet shaving and DE safety razors I decided to see what it was all about. I picked up an Edwin Jagger razor, brush and some Bigelow shave cream, some Col. Conk shave soap and some proper prep items. The razor shipped with Derby blades. After two weeks with the DE and applying proper technique I decided a straight razor was in order so I picked up Boker 5/8 with brown Micarta scales which as I found out is NOT sent shaving sharp from the manufacturer. Since that experience I ordered up a Norton 4000/8000 and Fromm strop. Who knew shaving was going to be this expensive? The stones and strop have not arrived yet so the new kit is set aside while I continue to get phenomenal shaves from the safety razor. Any advise in regards to the straight razor? I managed a WTG shave on one side, when I went ATG I learned that it wasn't shaving sharp, it didn't cut me but it basically stopped and gathered up the skin. It would not cut the fur. I used my regular knife strop with chromium oxide to strop it as it was all I had. My current bench stone tops out at at like 2k so it really isn't high enough to hone with. On a positive note the F&F of the Boker is pretty nice and I think I've got the grip and angle down I just need to get some finer sharpening equipment.