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Straight Razor Honing

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:36 pm
by dasmokeryaget
I've started shaving with a straight razor.

I have several now. I have a strop and a stone or two but they aren't sufficient for any more than maintaining and edge.

I've watched a gaggle of You Tube videos on honing but there's a million different methods that seem way over complicated.

Anyone here know of a simple method utilizing simple and minimal equipment?

Re: Straight Razor Honing

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:54 pm
by DepartedLight
What? Where? Yer half a flippin ape. You ain't shavin' nufink.

Re: Straight Razor Honing

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:12 pm
by SlowToke
I have a two sided Norton wet stone. If I remember right it’s 4000/8000. I touch up the edge of my straight razor on it about once a year. I maintain the edge with diamond paste on a paddle strop followed by a plain leather paddle strop. Ten passes on the diamond paste and 100 passes on the plain strop before each shave keeps honing to a bare minimum.

Re: Straight Razor Honing

Posted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:14 am
by Winton
I tried a straight razor a couple times. The last time, my wife saw how much blood was shed.

YOU REALLY NEED TO STOP DOING THAT!!!!!

I am back to a safety razor!

Re: Straight Razor Honing

Posted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:57 am
by Stanley76
I never tried a straight razor. I am a Beardy McBeardface now so it doesn't matter.

Re: Straight Razor Honing

Posted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:24 pm
by AFRS
Stanley76 wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:57 am
I never tried a straight razor. I am a Beardy McBeardface now so it doesn't matter.
I leave the straight razor for the barber as he trims the edges of my Beardy McBeardface. I'm no into self inflicted wounds.

Re: Straight Razor Honing

Posted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:25 pm
by dasmokeryaget
SlowToke wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:12 pm
I have a two sided Norton wet stone. If I remember right it’s 4000/8000. I touch up the edge of my straight razor on it about once a year. I maintain the edge with diamond paste on a paddle strop followed by a plain leather paddle strop. Ten passes on the diamond paste and 100 passes on the plain strop before each shave keeps honing to a bare minimum.

Thanks. Apparently such devices have to be ordered over the internet. Walmart didn't carry them.

Re: Straight Razor Honing

Posted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 2:48 pm
by AnungUnRama
dasmokeryaget wrote:
SlowToke wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:12 pm
I have a two sided Norton wet stone. If I remember right it’s 4000/8000. I touch up the edge of my straight razor on it about once a year. I maintain the edge with diamond paste on a paddle strop followed by a plain leather paddle strop. Ten passes on the diamond paste and 100 passes on the plain strop before each shave keeps honing to a bare minimum.

Thanks. Apparently such devices have to be ordered over the internet. Walmart didn't carry them.
Walmart doesnt carry much, but they sure do have a ton of the crap they do carry. They do have safety razor blades but that's about as traditional as it gets.

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Re: Straight Razor Honing

Posted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:49 pm
by dasmokeryaget
AnungUnRama wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 2:48 pm
dasmokeryaget wrote:
SlowToke wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:12 pm
I have a two sided Norton wet stone. If I remember right it’s 4000/8000. I touch up the edge of my straight razor on it about once a year. I maintain the edge with diamond paste on a paddle strop followed by a plain leather paddle strop. Ten passes on the diamond paste and 100 passes on the plain strop before each shave keeps honing to a bare minimum.

Thanks. Apparently such devices have to be ordered over the internet. Walmart didn't carry them.
Walmart doesnt carry much, but they sure do have a ton of the crap they do carry. They do have safety razor blades but that's about as traditional as it gets.

Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
I was being sarcastic and you are right.

Re: Straight Razor Honing

Posted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:35 pm
by Fainn
Been using a safety razor for almost a year now. If I could only do my head with getting cut up. Paging JimVH.

Re: Straight Razor Honing

Posted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:15 pm
by JimVH
Fainn wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:35 pm
Been using a safety razor for almost a year now. If I could only do my head with getting cut up. Paging JimVH.
I’m too chicken for a straight razor and old school safety razors didn’t do a good job for my head. I’ve tried a bunch of stuff, but always come back to the double edge disposable razor heads. I use Dollar Shave Clubs cheapest blades. One pack every other month gives me close, comfortable shaves on my scalp.

Re: Straight Razor Honing

Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:30 pm
by dasmokeryaget
SlowToke wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:12 pm
I have a two sided Norton wet stone. If I remember right it’s 4000/8000. I touch up the edge of my straight razor on it about once a year. I maintain the edge with diamond paste on a paddle strop followed by a plain leather paddle strop. Ten passes on the diamond paste and 100 passes on the plain strop before each shave keeps honing to a bare minimum.
I haven't been able to find the Norton but I just happen to have a barber stone. I got a real good edge with just that and a leather strop. I even managed to get a decent shave with it but still not quite there. What grade of paste?

Re: Straight Razor Honing

Posted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:51 pm
by Fainn
This is free. Just pay $6.95 for shipping.

https://shop.manlygroomer.com/order-323 ... SX0gg1RReE

Re: Straight Razor Honing

Posted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 6:56 am
by Stanley76
Fainn wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:35 pm
Been using a safety razor for almost a year now. If I could only do my head with getting cut up. Paging JimVH.
Kojak used an electric razor. I've got an old friend that uses cheap electric clippers bare bladed. It leaves a little stubble but it looks fine, kind of like USMC boot camp length. Capt. Jean Luc Picard pulled off that look. I don't see why you couldn't. Seems to me that a session with a Norelco while you're sitting on the toilet, reading the paper and smoking your pipe in the morning would be killing four birds with one stone.

Re: Straight Razor Honing

Posted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 4:04 pm
by Fainn
Stanley76 wrote:
Wed Nov 20, 2019 6:56 am
Fainn wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:35 pm
Been using a safety razor for almost a year now. If I could only do my head with getting cut up. Paging JimVH.
Kojak used an electric razor. I've got an old friend that uses cheap electric clippers bare bladed. It leaves a little stubble but it looks fine, kind of like USMC boot camp length. Capt. Jean Luc Picard pulled off that look. I don't see why you couldn't. Seems to me that a session with a Norelco while you're sitting on the toilet, reading the paper and smoking your pipe in the morning would be killing four birds with one stone.
Been using Wahl's with no clippers, but you can tell after a few days where my bald spot is.

Re: Straight Razor Honing

Posted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 5:14 pm
by sysiphus
dasmokeryaget wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:30 pm
SlowToke wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:12 pm
I have a two sided Norton wet stone. If I remember right it’s 4000/8000. I touch up the edge of my straight razor on it about once a year. I maintain the edge with diamond paste on a paddle strop followed by a plain leather paddle strop. Ten passes on the diamond paste and 100 passes on the plain strop before each shave keeps honing to a bare minimum.
I haven't been able to find the Norton but I just happen to have a barber stone. I got a real good edge with just that and a leather strop. I even managed to get a decent shave with it but still not quite there. What grade of paste?
Check out shavemyface.com or badgerandblade.com . Haven't been there in a while, but TONS of info and helpful folks.

Re: Straight Razor Honing

Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 1:18 pm
by dasmokeryaget
sysiphus wrote:
Wed Nov 20, 2019 5:14 pm
dasmokeryaget wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:30 pm
SlowToke wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:12 pm
I have a two sided Norton wet stone. If I remember right it’s 4000/8000. I touch up the edge of my straight razor on it about once a year. I maintain the edge with diamond paste on a paddle strop followed by a plain leather paddle strop. Ten passes on the diamond paste and 100 passes on the plain strop before each shave keeps honing to a bare minimum.
I haven't been able to find the Norton but I just happen to have a barber stone. I got a real good edge with just that and a leather strop. I even managed to get a decent shave with it but still not quite there. What grade of paste?
Check out shavemyface.com or badgerandblade.com . Haven't been there in a while, but TONS of info and helpful folks.

Thanks

Re: Straight Razor Honing

Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 1:21 pm
by dasmokeryaget
Fainn wrote:
Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:51 pm
This is free. Just pay $6.95 for shipping.

https://shop.manlygroomer.com/order-323 ... SX0gg1RReE
Thanks. I've got a butt load of straight razors.

Re: Straight Razor Honing

Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:37 pm
by SlowToke
dasmokeryaget wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:30 pm
SlowToke wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:12 pm
I have a two sided Norton wet stone. If I remember right it’s 4000/8000. I touch up the edge of my straight razor on it about once a year. I maintain the edge with diamond paste on a paddle strop followed by a plain leather paddle strop. Ten passes on the diamond paste and 100 passes on the plain strop before each shave keeps honing to a bare minimum.
I haven't been able to find the Norton but I just happen to have a barber stone. I got a real good edge with just that and a leather strop. I even managed to get a decent shave with it but still not quite there. What grade of paste?
I use a four sided strop. I use three sides. One with #1/2 grade diamond paste (I rarely use this side.) One side with #1/4 grade diamond paste. I strop it ten times on this side before every shave followed by 100 times on the straight leather side. I hone about once per year.