Monday, November 15, 2010
The link above is to a video line I started to show hones and stones for razor repair and maintenance. As these videos get made I'll break them down into their categories, Sharpening razors, Sharpening Kitchen Knives, Honing razors, and so forth. In this video I was testing my settings (need to zoom in a bit) as well as set the grounds of what stones I will be using.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Here is a good one :) This razor, while not having a readable name, has a distinctive shape to it. This style was only seen at the end of the 1700's and the early years of 1800, not much past 1820's from what I've been able to gather. The scales are old but no way to tell if they are original, they look like strips of wood with bark attached, kind of makeshift if you will. But they have to many "Fittings" that go with manufactured scales of the time. Lead spacer, iron/steel pivot pin, and the like that suggest period but without a name to research... we up the creek on it. I have decided to try saving these scales and tightening them up and leaving them on this razor. I'm kind of getting used to them now.
I'm trying to upload the video so it can be seen here but so far it's been a failure... 3 earlier attempts lasting up to 6 hours of uploading (each time) has not produced a video Grrr, so hopefully the link will work if this video doesn't load as well....
Friday, June 25, 2010
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Friday, May 7, 2010
If you get into straight razor shaving, you really need to get into hones as well. Putting your own edge on these beauties and getting a fantastic shave with it is a great feeling.
There are different stones needed to do different tasks. Bevel setting, Sharpening/Honing, and finishing. Ideally you would have at least one of each of these, more would be better but not 100% needed. Grits for each area, Bevel setting, 1k would be fine. Sharpening 3k to 6k, and finishing 8k and up. If your razor already has a set bevel you can pass on the bevel setter if you needed to. So lets look at Sharpening and finishing...
One of the best bang for the bucks out there is the Norton Combo stone 4k/8k. If you have a razor in good shape and is reasonably sharp, this stone would be all you really need for sharpening. The 4k side can sharpen a dull razor that has lost it's edge but doesn't have damage on it, chips and such. Once that cuts hairs you can move to the 8k side and polish that bevel and edge. Remember 8k is kind of the minimum for finishing so you will have to do more on the strop (another topic) before you shave.
As you can see above there are More than just Norton's out there :p These are my finishing hones, 2 are natural Japanese hones and one is a Belgian Coticule combi stone. Natural stones are not for novices, as they don't have a set grit and take some experimenting to find what they work best on and with. I'm not saying you can't start with them, just that you shouldn't. Once you have gotten used to the mechanics of honing and stone maintenance you can better make use of naturals if you want to. And pay for them dearly, they start at about 3X the cost of synthetic stones and go up FAST with out being "Better" just different and interesting.
All the stones I have mentioned here are water stones, water is used as a lubricant to was away swarf (stone and steel rubbings). I use only water stones as that's what I'm used to. Oil stones are also available in many grit sizes. But I'm not able to comment on these as mentioned I haven't a clue about them... Yet... As I acquire them I'll give them a shot :p
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Well here is the first clean up and hone from the earlier score. EB Eyre/ Late Greaves & Sons "Palmetto Razor" Pretty close to a 8/8 for sure but I haven't messured it just yet. I took it from Micro Chips to a BBS (baby butt smooth) shave in just about 1 hour, I was really suprised :) These big thick choppers tend to be a bugger to hone but this one was a sweet one. Most of that time was spent getting the bevel set haha, after that is was like 20-30 strokes on the Ohira hone, same on the blue belgen, Yellow coticule and 20-30 on the Cro2 leather... Wow what a shave :)
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Whoo hoo :) I love getting a winning bid on lot items :) You never fully know what all your getting till you go threw it all. Yesterday I recieved one such lot. I knew some of what I was getting and bid according to those few items, I even won at much lower than I bid :) So over the next few weeks I'll be posting the ones I fix up and so on. This is going to be fun :)
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Razor; Landers Frerys & Clark MOP tang
Brush; AoS Pure Badger
Soap; TGQ's Oak & Moss cream
Strop; Tony Miller Latigo
Bowl; Lodge iron pot
I just finished setting the bevel and honing it to shave ready just before I shaved with it. I must say I was not sure this blade would ever be useable again :) Sure glad it worked out :)
Saturday, May 1, 2010
About 10 years ago I started looking at what I was using and throwing away. At that time I didn't know how to slow down the 2 to 3 trash cans of junk I threw away every day... Every Day... I was amazed at the amount of crap that was the packaging to the food I was eating at the time, the products I used daily and so on. I soon started looking for ways to use less stuff, and if I couldn't use less how to get these items without packaging... Soon it dawned on me that allot of this stuff is already out there in a more durable form, we call them Antiques/Junk.
One of the items that set off this crazed mentality was shaving gear. Disposable razors, Cartridges, Cans of goo, multiple wrappings and so on... AND THE COST!!! One option was to stop shaving, tried that, work gets funny about that in some places... So I had to shave and I'd seen ways of doing it before :) Yup the time tested Straight Razor. These buggers are still usable after 200 years, and most likely out live me.
So I started looking into straight razor shaving and what was involved. You can have a set of 2 or 3 razors, a bar of shave soap, brush, and strop, for what it costs you in 1 year of buying modern shave gear... Now here is the kicker, next year you only need to buy soap... and the year after that, and the decade after that... You see where I'm getting at? Baring an accident where you break something you don't need to buy dozens of the new 5 bladed whozits and a few dozen cans of the next toxic waste. It's CHEAPER AND uses next to now packaging that lives on in our dumps or oceans. Now I'm not a granola head but I sure as heck don't like the looks of our trash piling up around us.
Give it a look over a look over, you may get the bug to try something different and do your part to lessen the trash build up :)
Friday, April 30, 2010
I'll be talking about shaves, hones, strops, and brushes... Ok anything that pops up dealing with straight razors.
Till then I'll get my stuff together and get the rest of this blog fleshed out :)