1) I love the feeling of shaving the way it was intended to be... 2) Just because the seller (who is a good seller, btw) says it’s honed and “shave ready” doesn’t mean it’s really shave ready... gotta get my strop game squared away. 3) I escaped without leaving half my face in the sink. As a matter of fact I emerged nick free. Granted, I only went wtg and only one pass (no chasing the baby today...) but first things first. All in all, I think I’m hooked. This is definitely a learned skill, but it’s not nearly as intimidating as I once thought it to be.