When I was a youngster I knew two old timers that used straight razors. The block I grew up on was pretty ethnically diverse. Everybody was just off the boat or first generation American. My Grandfather was just off the boat. I always remember him using an electric razor, Grandma used a double edge . The straight razor users that I knew were a first generation American and a just off the boat Italian. I was good friends with the Italian guys Grandson and good friends with the first gen Americans son. One thing these straight razor guys had in common was that they never shaved daily. When I was off the board for a while I was only shaving once or twice a week just about every shave was superb. I started getting shaves that didn't even burn with an application of aftershave. This morning before shaving while wetting down my beard I didn't have a lot of stubble and thought of passing on the shave. I didn't and shaved anyway. Well, I had a very close shave but it wasn't the most comfortable. It could have been prep or lather but I don't think so. I don't have to shave daily and I'm not so sure I have to shave every other day which is my normal routine. Do you guys think this was the norm for old time shavers? The guys I knew were definitely blue collar types and know the first generation American only shaved once or twice a week and the Italian was always well groomed but always rested his face as he called it.