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by Henry_L
Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Honing Experiment
Replies: 69
Views: 3051

Re: Honing Experiment

Sounds like your relationship with oil is changing. Maybe Imperia La Roccia stones? I have higher quality stones for 3K,6K,8K and 10K (Dalstrong & Japanese.) Only higher end stones I lack would be sub 3K. I may undertake one or two more restorations and afterwards it will only be about maintaining w...
by Henry_L
Tue Jun 09, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Honing Experiment
Replies: 69
Views: 3051

Re: Honing Experiment

Most are the 8X3 dual colored corundum waterstones found on amazon. Soaked and pretty sure they are flat -- I use two nagura stones (600 & 8000) with occasional w/d sandpaper touchup. Two of four ebay purchased razors have turned out well to date. None were in usuable state when received. Possibly a...
by Henry_L
Tue Jun 09, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Honing Experiment
Replies: 69
Views: 3051

Re: Honing Experiment

A tricky one. The green stropping did produce a noticable improvement but no arrival. It may be intuitive as to the point of backtrack. My instinct is to return to honing at the high end (8 - 10K). The tomato reference was to the point I am convinced the edge has been set. It sliced quickly with onl...
by Henry_L
Tue Jun 09, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Honing Experiment
Replies: 69
Views: 3051

Re: Honing Experiment

Have a Shapleigh Diamond Edge I've been working on Drmoss. After two rounds of honing (3-10K) it's still not a satisfactory shave. No warping, easily passes tomato test. I suspect my next approach should be paste stropping, extensive.

Any particular sequence you advise?

Thanks.
by Henry_L
Mon Jun 08, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Honing Experiment
Replies: 69
Views: 3051

Re: Honing Experiment

Drmoss do you use diamond stones much? Did a modest stropping experiment: I've always had good pre-leather results from linen and denim so I wondered why not both? I combined the materials on a stropping board, being careful that the seam was closed & even Image1.jpg So far it works great. I'm going...
by Henry_L
Sun Jun 07, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Honing Experiment
Replies: 69
Views: 3051

Re: Honing Experiment

I've only had one razor barber shave and it wasn't satisfactory (allergic dermatitis reaction) but my self shaving, using a plethora of creams & gels has been fully satisfying. So far the only reaction I've had was to Cremo, but I found it makes a good leather soap so it wasn't wasted. You're clearl...
by Henry_L
Sun Jun 07, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Honing Experiment
Replies: 69
Views: 3051

Re: Honing Experiment

If detergents generally make good lubricant one might give thought to soap substitutes such as Cetaphil -- developed to be more conditioning than detergents, hence more lubricating.
by Henry_L
Sat Jun 06, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: primal scaling
Replies: 8
Views: 614

Re: primal scaling

If I'm using a 1/16 rod it appears I can peen an outside washer instead of a rosette. What's the washer size?
by Henry_L
Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Honing Experiment
Replies: 69
Views: 3051

Re: Honing Experiment

My inquiry was not one of desperation. The jade and AK stones I have used with oil are supplementary to my razor projects and I will continue to use them as is. It is good to know that water stones should be stowed separately.

I am curious Drmoss: are there any times when you hone dry?
by Henry_L
Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Honing Experiment
Replies: 69
Views: 3051

Re: Honing Experiment

Yes. On the stone I've already used oil on (AK and jade) there's no going back I would guess.
by Henry_L
Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Honing Experiment
Replies: 69
Views: 3051

Re: Honing Experiment

I've seen Ark stones listed as oil only.

Presumably, if soap offers better lubrication, one could use KY Jelly to avoid the alkaline exposure.

:idea:
by Henry_L
Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Honing Experiment
Replies: 69
Views: 3051

Re: Honing Experiment

Do you advise using the Ark stones dry? Ceramics? (Spyderco does)

Are the Spyderco rod sharpeners applicable for razors?

Dish soap in honing is new to me :shock:

Again thanks XX
by Henry_L
Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: primal scaling
Replies: 8
Views: 614

Re: primal scaling

For their celluloid scales Dovo advises no washers. Should I take that as a rule for all plastic scales and micarta?

Also I was admiring some camel bone scales listed, but would require drilling. Is bone a material the novice should avoid?

Thanks Drmoss.
by Henry_L
Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Just Pulled Out Some Straight Razors Again...
Replies: 8
Views: 573

Re: Just Pulled Out Some Straight Razors Again...

Any experience with the Hart Blue Steel? Appears one of a kind. I wonder if blue steel means higher maintenance . .
by Henry_L
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: primal scaling
Replies: 8
Views: 614

Re: primal scaling

A few months ago I purchased from Aliexpress, based on reviews, around $28:
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It is carbon steel but required some light honing. Now it shaves superbly. Would that the Oxford achieved 70% of this performance!

Go figure.
by Henry_L
Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: primal scaling
Replies: 8
Views: 614

Re: primal scaling

Drmoss -- thanks much for the speedy info. I was thinking about ordering a cheap Chinese razor & just using the scales if I get a match. Been there? BTW the Oxford is in the drawer for now. I was able to get it almost flush but when I tried honing results were disappointing. Diminishing returns. :cry:
by Henry_L
Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: primal scaling
Replies: 8
Views: 614

primal scaling

Will be starting my first scaling project soon. I'll be working with precut scales as I don't have the tools/experience to fashion my own. I've reviewed Youtube instructions (pretty good) but have some questions. I'd like to mine forum wisdom. -- some pinning kits include rosettes, some don't. I'm n...
by Henry_L
Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Just Pulled Out Some Straight Razors Again...
Replies: 8
Views: 573

Re: Just Pulled Out Some Straight Razors Again...

Is there any reason for black coating a blade (e.g., Boker) other than aesthetic? Advantage or detriment?
by Henry_L
Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: honing issue
Replies: 42
Views: 2010

Re: honing issue

Totally up to the Norns at this point. I'll be starting a newbie thread on scaling soon -- best we puy this anfractuous thread to sleep.