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by pinklather
Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:26 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Stroppery
Replies: 27
Views: 8816

Re: Stroppery

3 yrs of this madness, and I still think stropping is the area we've recovered the least amount of knowledge. I've likely been in the 'strop 'til you drop camp because I followed the same counsel as the good Dr. About 3 wks back, I was able to get some real linen (flax fiber) from the honorable Neil...
by pinklather
Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:27 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: STRAIGHT RAZOR VIRGIN
Replies: 13
Views: 4188

CACajun tells ya right.

I don't know if you've considered looking up other forum members in your area and maybe ask if you could get a tutorial - maybe get to take a few strokes w/ one of their blades. The SRP forum has some VERY skilled guys in the NY/NJ area who have helped guys learn before. Should your travels take you...
by pinklather
Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:06 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Which straight razor did you use today?
Replies: 512
Views: 66511

6/8 1/4 hol. Robert Williams

Dr, and Brother - you have some mighty tastey blades.

This one always delivers, as does it's more plain stable mate. No steel feels like Williams to me.

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by pinklather
Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:32 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: J. R. Torrey Co. heron with fish straight razor
Replies: 4
Views: 1919

Hi Rick, There's some reading/watching to do - Brothers tells you right. In browsing the forums, it can be overwhelming. In your initial research - only 3 things are critical up front: the shave technique itself, beard prep/making lather, and stropping. The shave is well covered by http://straightra...
by pinklather
Sat Aug 04, 2012 11:32 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: STRAIGHT RAZOR VIRGIN
Replies: 13
Views: 4188

Blade quality - edge quality

Hi Rick. 'Saw that there's not been much activity on this thread. I wondered if you had acquired a blade, had more questions. FWIW, At a certain level of quality in the steel, tempering & primary grinding, the quality you experience will depend more on the quality of the edge than the razor. Certain...
by pinklather
Wed May 09, 2012 6:16 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Which straight razor did you use today?
Replies: 512
Views: 66511

Beautiful razor Zethlent. Today was a Genco Fluid Steel 6/8 extra hollow roundpoint. 'One of my earliest str8s that shaves so well I can't think of parting with it. 'Got the call yesterday from Robert Williams that my turn in line is finally here. I have one fancy Williams and not that much in funds...
by pinklather
Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:02 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Quarter hollow or full hollow?
Replies: 21
Views: 14822

Did someone say your preferences may vary?

Yup. Quite different in feel. 'Have 5 1/4 grinds, and love each. I reach for them most often when the growth is heavy or I want to relax about technique and just enjoy. My other weakness is the extra hollow (<.010" measured 1/8" above the bevel). These come out when the growth is light or I want to ...
by pinklather
Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:52 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: The 5 hone set - notes from the journal
Replies: 26
Views: 16106

interim stropping - especially if you don't hone

The source is controversial, but there's a pretty effective method for extending the times between trips to the stones. Its the familiar - 'strop on newsprint/phonebook pages'. That's nothing new. What I tried that made a difference was using a hard, flat, smooth surface to back the newsprint. All s...
by pinklather
Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:26 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Rehab for an ancient hone
Replies: 9
Views: 2855

Gary's gonna be a happy guy

'Got my first thuri a few months back. The smoothness it imparts is wonderful. 'hope you enjoy that one alot!
by pinklather
Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:18 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Henckels Friodur
Replies: 36
Views: 13162

discussion was about Friodurs. The photo is of a Platinum, in response to the question of having a photo of a Platinum.
by pinklather
Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:52 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Henckels Friodur
Replies: 36
Views: 13162

I have a Henkels Platinum that takes a great edge.What is the difference between my Platinum and the Friodur? Paul I've never heard of the Platinum. Do you have a photo? Platinum is just an HC steel Henckels. A rather nice one, I might add. When a friend asked how I liked a recent friodur acquisiti...
by pinklather
Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:23 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: First Straight - F W Engels Special From Antique Shop in NH
Replies: 16
Views: 5024

Tried an Engel this wk

A member on another forum sent 17 blades to evaluate his bevels, hone what I wanted. Well, that included a Williams 'Purist' (nice), but the real star was an Engels 'Leader'. The owner described some rather aggressive restoration efforts, but on this one, it paid off. It was quite handsome, but the ...
by pinklather
Sat Jan 07, 2012 11:38 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Trying to transition from a DE to a straight
Replies: 25
Views: 6584

Bravo Captain!
I keep trying to get guys together that live near each other so they can try gear w/out having to buy. You guys make it by Portland, OR area, PM me and you can try my stuff.

Thank you, Capt. Meyers will get to taste a real shave and likely follow your path of not looking back.
by pinklather
Sun Dec 18, 2011 11:24 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Drat! I dropped my razor into the sink today.
Replies: 6
Views: 2890

'Been hearing alot of these lately.

Depending on where and how big any chips are, Glen (gssixgun) has done some serious magic. I just looked for and couldn't find the thread of a Helje near wedge that he rescued w/ amazing results. This was a blade the owner had me hone. I cringed when I hear it lost about 3/8 of the toe end of the ed...
by pinklather
Wed Nov 30, 2011 10:30 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Jumping BACK into straights
Replies: 5
Views: 2208

Hey, Silb. Like many, I found pronouncements of 'shave ready' vary somewhat :) Hopefully the 'budget custom' (??) will have a fine edge and help your get back to business. If stropping is also new, you might consider saving that Tony Miller strop for a few more months down the road. Unless its alrea...
by pinklather
Thu Nov 24, 2011 7:56 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: The 5 hone set - notes from the journal
Replies: 26
Views: 16106

The majority of what I *think* I know of honing was simply paying attention to Glen. Every time I thought I "got" it about bevel, bevel, bevel. I found I had more to learn. The other place I'm finally starting to pay enough attention to is the edge at the 8k level. If its not a good shave there, its...
by pinklather
Thu Nov 24, 2011 7:46 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Hess Forty-Four
Replies: 21
Views: 6844

I may one of very few that got a Hess that was underwhelming. Several attempts at honing, gave a good shave, but nothing special. A number of Gencos shave much better. The only other stainless I've tried was the Dovo inox and a few Friodurs - all of which honed up easily and gave wonderful shaves. I...
by pinklather
Thu Nov 24, 2011 7:42 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Stropping taking "away" and edge?
Replies: 14
Views: 4499

Hi Vern, I'm not a DE authority, but Sham (hi_bud_gl) once posted that the DE should be able to exceed the keenness of the str8 due to edge coatings available to them. Should you want some help w/ honing, let me know - no cost other than return postage. Once controversial technique you could try is ...
by pinklather
Thu Nov 24, 2011 7:29 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Advice
Replies: 6
Views: 2456

Shavedhead - any progress?

'Just checking to see if you're back to getting good shaves.

If you'd like a hand w/ the edge, just pick up return postage - will gladly hone for free.
by pinklather
Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:32 am
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Le Grelot 1/4 grind
Replies: 40
Views: 12509

I seem to also be developing a fetish for the Swedish blades. I don't feel like I've gotten the recipe completely down for the smoothness on them, but that's not the blade's fault. I'm completely taken by the heavy grind swedes. They're the only blades that have gone toe to toe w/ the costly Wacker ...