One of my favourite things about shaving with a straight is the length of stubble it effortlessly gets through. Highly recommended.
Stropping is easy. Get a cheap one to start off with because you will slice it up a bit, but you'll be sorted after a few weeks. Don't over think it and you'll be a ok.
Funny you should say about the kamisori getting damaged. Mine has come back from a trip away with a nick out of the edge. I am sure it wasn't me and am worried that my daughter has been "playing" with it. Much more worried about the damage it could have done to her, obviously. They always live on a very high shelf at home but when we are are travelling it is easy to forget. Be cateful out there.