Originally Posted by Red Bread
Badger and Blade's forum should help. I use a dual edge safety razor, they're great for getting a better shave than the modern crap, but not peeling your face.
I agree. I have a few straights but the learning curve can be bloody. Start with a safety razor and once your face gets use to that step up to the straight. You will be able to find a lot of guys letting blades go for a pretty good price on Badger and Blade.
The first time I used a Japanese straight I almost hit bone. Watch the youtube tutorials and figure out what works best for you. The way I look at it is I have to shave every day, it might as well be an enjoyable experience. Spring for a good aftershave balm, it is worth its weight in gold.