The Science of Sharp Blog

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Re: The Science of Sharp Blog

Post by brothers » Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:59 pm

It's been a month already since I sharpened 3 straight razors and shaved with each of them over a period of 3 days. This morning I picked three more favorites for sharpening to shave ready condition. I chose the Hart Steel 6/8; the Boker King Cutter 7/8; and the Filarmonica 14 8/8. Used the same stones and strops as before with only one exception this time. Instead of finishing with the Escher I used the Thuringian. They're ready to cut down a few whiskers.
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Re: The Science of Sharp Blog

Post by brothers » Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:21 am

It's been 10 years I'm using straight razors. Bought and sold more than a few razors, hones, strops and other related substances and devices. Sharpened and shaved with dozens of razors, many of them untold scores of times.

Bottom line: keep it simple. Fact: different types of razors do not - and never will - yield identical shave results. In the beginning there was a time in the learning curve that I naively did not realize it and stupidly blamed myself for the differences. Foolish! [-X :lol:

Another fact: my straight razor edge maintenance tools are all good. My skills are all good. I know what I'm doing and I know how to keep these razors shaving sharp. I also know how much or how little time I am willing to engage in this mandatory activity.

My hand/eye ambidextrous and focused shaving skills are surprisingly good. I do not cut myself.

Everybody has his or her own preferences, expectations, and perceptions for the razors and sharpening tools they use. This is where the money flows.
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Re: The Science of Sharp Blog

Post by brothers » Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:09 pm

Third day with a straight razor - Boker King Cutter full hollow. It'll be fun to pick out 3 more for next month.
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Re: The Science of Sharp Blog

Post by brothers » Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:55 am

On reflection, I'm thinking my next group of 3 should probably be some of the old heavy English blades. I have two or three that are going to require a new edge before they'll be usable. That'll be fun. Probably sometime around Memorial Day.
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Re: The Science of Sharp Blog

Post by brothers » Mon May 27, 2019 3:19 pm

On schedule, here we are, May 27, 2019. Today I chose 3 old Sheffield English razors and sharpened them. I've used one today and the others will be used the next 2 days.

They all have a barber's notch. The first of the razors shown below is a John Rogers & Sons, looks like a half hollow, 13/16. This is one of my first flea market finds. I used it several times 10 years ago.

The second razor is Wade & Butcher (the words India Steel can be seen in very faint and elaborate engravings on the blade), 7/8 heavy quarter hollow in the original clear blonde scales. A couple of years ago this razor was cleaned and tightened by Glen (gssixgun) in Idaho. Today I set the bevel and created the first and only edge it's had since I got it several years ago.

The third is the 7/8 half hollow The Celebrated by Wade & Butcher. When I found it there were no scales and there was some rust on and near the spine that Glen was able to polish out. It's pitted, but it's lovely and it's mine. :D

All three of these heavy old razors are marked Sheffield and it was a pleasure to sharpen them all. Silent and efficient. It's my pleasure to be able to rescue and use these classic straight razors from a different generation.
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Re: The Science of Sharp Blog

Post by drmoss_ca » Tue May 28, 2019 2:49 am

Those are real razors. The most under-appreciated type of straight in my opinion, being easy to hone, easy to shave with and capable of shaves with far less irritation than a full-hollow.
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