Straight razor user here!!
I have a quarter grind Le Grelot, two Filly's and a Puma. All superb shavers that I've been using continuously since 2005 Shame I can't add these to my BN wardrobe!!
I use traditional shaving soap for the shave exclusively. I haven't used a cream in years. I'll never go back to the twenty-blade system (or whatever it is now) and the canned goo. My face is in much better shape since I started this 'hobby'!