For the past 20 years I would only shave once a week because of how much irritation I got from disposable supermarket safety razors. I finally decided to try out wet shaving and started with a DE safety razor. I moved over to a straight edge injector style razor and have been very happy since. I currently use a Parker handle with Feather blades. I picked up my supplies (oil, cream, after shave, etc.) from The Art of Shaving and have been quite pleased with their products so far. Now into the real reason I am here. I would like to get deeper in and move over to a solid straight edge. I decided to try it out by purchasing a cheap Chinese made SE and strop from Amazon and it showed up sharp, but absolutely not shave ready. I put a new edge on it and worked on it until my my hands were about to fall off and still could not pass a hanging hair test. Tried a quick shave and immediately had to go back to my Feather blades. Is this something that could be due to trying out a cheaply made blade or is it most likely poor technique and lack of experience? Should I continue trying to improve my skills with this blade or just pop for the real deal?