For anyone who may be following this, I thought I'd let you know how today's shave went. Right after the 1st pass, I could tell this was going to be a great shave. It was the best of the 3 since following Bill's instructions. It's almost back to what I'm used to when I get a really good shave. I just had a couple of spots that didn't get as close but that could be me too. I have to say that I would have taken this razor back to either pastes or the Norton after the 2nd shave since I didn't like the results but Bill was right on target suggesting that I continue to strop on the plain leather until I get the edge "there". Bill, many thanks for the advice. I've printed it out so I don't forget it. You've also taught me something about how effective stropping can be. :thanks Thanks too for everyone who posted suggestions. I appreciate all the help and advice!