I recently started using a straight razor, since a regular disposable is too wide to shave around my "unorthadox" facial hair, and haven't drawn blood once. To avoid sharpening, I use one that takes disposable blades, and I had my grandfather (a retired barber) show me how to hold the razor. I use the Art of Shave Pre-shave Oil, Shaving Cream, and Aftershave balm and the combination of good products and the straight razor have provided me with the closest, most comfortable shave I've ever had. I didn't feel that it was too hard to learn, and I actually did a better job my first time than the lady that shaved me at Art of Shaving (although she was good, considering that she had to work around my goatee and sideburns). Not only is this THE closest shave I've ever experienced, but it's also cured me of the dreaded razor burn, and made me look cool doing it.