I've been thinking recently about the type of person who uses an archaic, outmoded, ancient method of shaving. One that still, despite all the modern tech in shaving, produces an incomparable shaving experience, better than anything else out there. We shavemeisters are certainly a very unique brand of individual. I can't begin to count the number of times that someone, upon learning that I shave with a cabbage chopper, has said to me, "Get out! Really? Aren't you afraid that you'll cut your throat?" or "Man, I don't know. I don't have the plums to do that. I'd be too scared of cutting myself!" or asked, "How and/or why did you start this in the first place?" I know that all of you have had similar experiences. How have you answered? How did you start? What was your motivation? I think some of the answers will be amusing and interesting. So here it is from me: A few years ago my son got fed up of paying extortionist prices for cartridge razor refills and decided to buy a few straight razors on Ebay and try shaving with them. Well, when he told me about it, I got my back up a little and thought damn, if he can do it, so can I. I had been shaving with a Norelco electric and had not been happy with the shaves I had been getting from it for a long time. There was no way I was going to get into the expense of cartridge razors, I decided to try his route and buy my own straights. After the first two weeks, I acquired a new nickname...Scar Face! I persisted and became proficient at shaving with a straight. Naturally, after a while, the straights needed honing, so I looked on YouTube for any information and came across videos on honing by Lynn Abrams and our very own Gssixgun. So, making a long story short, I bought some stones and started honing and learning and here I am. What are your stories?