I recently purchased a 6/8" DOVO straight razor. I sent it from Detroit, USA to Billy in Scotland to have it honed and stropped. I didn't want to pester Billy with every question that comes to mind so I created this thread. As a newbie, I was expecting to get an easy shave with a blade that would cut through the thickest stubble with ease. However, I was disappointed. I am sure Billy did a top notch job honing and stropping the DOVO so I ruled out a dull blade. So it must be my technique. II know it takes a while to learn how to shave with a straight razor. I have been trying using a 30 degree angle between my face and the blade, but still not a close shave. Before using a straight razor, I have been using disposable, double-blade razors. I was under the impression that a straight razor would be just as sharp or sharper than the disposables. However, with a straight razor, I cannot reproduce the close shave that I get from a disposable. I would be grateful if you could share your thoughts and experiences.