I got home from work expecting this thread to have been buried and am surprised at the conversation it has started. I suppose shaving is something everyone of every age has had to do at least once.
Someone brought up shaving in the shower and hydrating your whiskers. No matter what blade you use, shaving when your hairs are wet will not only make for an easier shave, but you will get more life out of your razor.
For clarification, I do not use a straight razor, I use a safety razor.