Should I embark on the first lap or get stoned

Discussion in 'Straight Razors' started by Danny Soz, Nov 1, 2019.

  1. Danny Soz

    Danny Soz Active Member

    Afternoon guys (well it is here in London)

    Now here's the deal. My new Dovo SR is currently being put to rights by the gentlemen at The Invisible Edge in Dorset, which is in the south of Limey Land.

    Now, when it comes back with an edge as sharp as my old woman's tongue, I would kinda like to keep it that way.

    So, my question to you gentlemen is this: Do I invest in a stone or go for the lapping film option?

    I've sourced a fairly cheap Chinese 12k job from the aforementioned company. Here's a link:

    https://www.theinvisibleedge.co.uk/razor-sharpening/honing-stones/chinese-waterstone-12000-grit

    As you can see, it's not top-of-the-range and could be problematic to use with regard to its hardness, the necessity to lap the surface (a concept I don't have the first idea about) etc.

    While the stone would be a permanent commodity once purchased, I find myself drawn towards the lapping film option which Chuck Naills (sp?) was kind enough to steer me towards in an earlier thread.

    What do you say fellas?

    Help a poor limey shmuck out here fer Chrissakes! :D
     
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  2. Danny Soz

    Danny Soz Active Member

    Also, how come my thread titles don't come up in bold type like the rest of you guys do? It's because I'm English ain't it? It's ok I can take it! :sad024:
     
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  3. gssixgun

    gssixgun At this point in time...

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    We call those a PHIG for People's Hone of Indeterminate Grit

    Here is the thing, there is no such thing as "Grit Ratings" for natural stones, they are plenty of WAGs (Wild Ass Guess's) and the higher they are the more WAG they become :)



    I have had one of the Guangxi Naturals (Real Name) for many years and without a doubt, they work, some are Meh and some are Wow as with ALL natural stones there are few guarantees and some variation. Most all will put a nice face friendly edge on a razor if you do your part.

    If you are just going to "Re-Fresh" your razors then yes go for it, it will do that and perhaps a bit more with skill as you develop it.

    Films also work fine, I have a set of them also, but in my world they get little use, I would say if you want to dip your toe into trying Honing and not just Refreshing it is a cheap way to try it .
     
  4. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Paperboy

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    Threads you post will not be in bold type because you've already 'viewed' it. It still shows up as bold for everyone else.

    It has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that you're a bleeding royalist with a semi-functional government and an antique monarchy. I'd point to the obvious superiority of the American Representative government system, except, well... Trump and partisan politics. Maybe it's time to resurrect the Whig party here. Can't see an American Tory party getting any traction. (But I bet President Trump would love to be King Trump).
     
  5. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    :scared003:

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  6. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Paperboy

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    My original post in this thread, after reading the thread title, was going to be, "depends on your lung capacity." :p
     
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  7. Danny Soz

    Danny Soz Active Member


    Thanks mate. I appreciate your time and expertise.

    Looks like the PHIG could be the way forward for this limey sumbitch :D
     
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  8. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Paperboy

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    Shouldn't talk about yourself like that. It could always be worse. After all, you could have been born an American. :p
     
  9. Danny Soz

    Danny Soz Active Member

    At the risk of getting my ear chewed by the mods for politicising this thread, I have to agree with your analysis of Donny's royal aspirations. I once wrote a piece to that effect for an American magazine (I'm a satirist) that did really well in terms of hits. I'm still waiting for the cheque mind. Just like you're waiting to see the POTUS' tax return :)
     
  10. Danny Soz

    Danny Soz Active Member

    :D
     
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  11. brit

    brit in a box

    yes it could be worse..our leader is a stunner as well..;)
     
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  12. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Paperboy

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    Nah...waiting to see "Zero Bark Thirty: Baghdadi." New and improved plot, with woman writing on glass for two hours, followed by a 10 minute raid, but now with doggos! Special voiceover track featuring President Trump will include vivid descriptions of Baghdadi "screaming, crying and whimpering," and other Trumpisms.

    But he's marginally less goofy looking and doesn't put his foot in his mouth nearly as often.
     
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  13. brit

    brit in a box

    fair enough..he is the king of selfies..:D
     
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  14. Danny Soz

    Danny Soz Active Member

    Gentlemen, let's just say that I wouldn't want to be trapped in a golden lift with either of 'em. :)
     
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  15. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    I love America.. Best country in the world.

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  16. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    Does this mean we are going to get a politics section?

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  17. Keithmax

    Keithmax Breeds Pet Rocks

    I would start with a pasted strop, I use CrOx. I find synthetic stones much easier to use, either a Naniwa 12k or Shapton glass 16k. Film is a cheaper route and it works too.
     
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  18. PLANofMAN

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    We already do. >>> Soapbox
     
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  19. Danny Soz

    Danny Soz Active Member

    Hell, I might just try both and see which one wins! :D
    On a serious note, which grade of film should I be using just to touch up the edge when the pasted strop no longer does the job?
     
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  20. Danny Soz

    Danny Soz Active Member

    I'm on it. Can I force my religious beliefs down other people's throats in there too? I'm a Catholic btw, and my God can kick your God's pious, mamby-pamby, righteous ass! :angelic007:
     
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