Resharpen A DE Blade

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by Uncle Trojan, Apr 29, 2021.

  1. Uncle Trojan

    Uncle Trojan Well-Known Member

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  2. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    An aloxite DE hone is the only thing I've kept because it works. I use it rarely but it'll do the trick.
     
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  3. Uncle Trojan

    Uncle Trojan Well-Known Member

    Never heard of an Aloxite. That's vintage I presume? I might check it out.

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  4. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    It is the material the hone is made of aka aluminum oxide. Company that made them was Carborundum. They were meant to be touch up hones for straight razors, used when the blade starts to pull. Lap the blade 5 times while wet and strop, test then repeat if necessary.
     
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  5. Uncle Trojan

    Uncle Trojan Well-Known Member

    I might get one. Any stone would be better than that little dinky pocket knife stone I have . Thank you!

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  6. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    The one you'll want is the no 45 or similar. they will say safety blade hone and be a squarish shape with one side concave.
     
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  7. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

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    You put your DE blade on the concave side press in the middle of the blade lightly with 2 fingers rub it a circular fashion about 5 to 6 passes, turn over and repeat then palm strop the blade afterwards. Bottom side of a ceramic coffee cup should do the same.
     
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  8. Jorvaljr

    Jorvaljr Operation Daytona 8000

    Lol or see if you can cancel your order?

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  9. Uncle Trojan

    Uncle Trojan Well-Known Member

    Nah. I figure if I can figure out how to resharpen a 100 year old gillette I'm sure I can figure out a way to make a blade fit the razor . I've also been experimenting making my own soap. I love working with my hands and figuring out ways to be more creative. I guess I got that from my father and grandfather. Nothing better than being proud of something you made yourself. Same with cooking. But, this isn't a cooking forum so I should probably pipe down about that .

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  10. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    The trick to using the aloxite DE hone is *very lightly* pressing it so just the cutting edges contact the hone. Pressing hard enough to flatten out the blade does nothing except remove the printing. Respectfully disagree with using a coffee cup or water glass. Results are iffy because proper angle and pressure can't easily be maintained. This hone is designed specifically to do what it does, and it does do it (I'm thinking carbon blades here -- there's a few reasons it's mostly a waste of time to try to hone stainless).
     
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  11. Uncle Trojan

    Uncle Trojan Well-Known Member

    Yes you can see in the photos I took of the honed blade, I pressed too hard on my stone and took the print off. I appreciate your tip because I've turned to carbon blades only, and I don't want the print to come off my vintage gillette blues. Again, thank you for the light pressure tip. I'll try it out next time I hone.

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