The Shake Sharp Razor

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by PLANofMAN, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    Here is one I purchased not that long ago and will be finally getting around to using. I am not sure which version or if the hone is intact or not.

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  2. jmudrick

    jmudrick Well-Known Member

    Version 2.0 with missing hone? If that's what I'm seeing that's not viable.

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  3. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    The metal or stone portion of the hone is on the razor I just don't know if it originally had anything like a diamond grit on it the surface originally or not. I can test the hone to see if works but I am not doing that tonight. I'll sharpie a throwaway blade and see if the hone cleans it when I shake it.
     
  4. jmudrick

    jmudrick Well-Known Member

    Hmm don't look right at least from that pic. Since the hone is useless with modern blades I'd be more concerned with any change in geometry resulting from the missing material .

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  5. PLANofMAN

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    It is a second generation shake sharp, and is missing the hone. Since the hone acts as part of the razor base, I wouldn't use that razor...or at least I would be very careful trying to use that razor. If you have a tile cutter or lapidary equipment, it would be worth trying to make a hone out of a corundum sharpening stone, but if you went that route, you would need a complete razor for reference.

    I don't suppose "lapidary artist" is one of your other hobbies?
     
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  6. Timwcic

    Timwcic Well-Known Member

    I scored a Shake Sharp razor back in the spring. It is, to me, a comfortable mild shaver. Even with a Feather blade, it never showed any teeth. I tried double stacking some blades, it was not for me. I nice vintage razor that comes out a few times a year

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  7. jmudrick

    jmudrick Well-Known Member

    I'm looking for a back up for my version 1.0 if you are ever interested in sale/trade...

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  8. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    Here are better pictures. I think the hone is there but worn is all.

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  9. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    No but I used to drill and fix chips and cracks in granite bases for test equipment at one point.
     
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  10. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    This actually a lapping stone not a hone that is why I was thrown off.
    I would say works and is just worn and no longer fully even. If I had plans of using it to lap blades, I'd lap it even or try removing it and using the opposite side. As long as it works to keep the blade secured.

    Here is a blade with the edge Sharpie'd before.
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    Here it is afterwards being Shake Sharp'd.
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  11. PLANofMAN

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    If the hone/lapping stone is there, and I can see that it is, it can be refreshed with toothpaste and a toothbrush. (Might want to use an older toothbrush).
     
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  12. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    The toothpaste worked, it is lapping the blade much more evenly now. It is not perfect but would be acceptable. I am going to get it so it does lap perfectly even just out of principle.
     
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  13. jmudrick

    jmudrick Well-Known Member

    How about a shave? It does that too

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  14. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    First shave and color me impressed this sure does get the job done better than almost all the DE razors I've used and I've used a lot of different razors. This razor is like combination of an SE and not because of the single blade exposure but the way you angle the razor to use it and a razor like the French Bohin or Gillette Goodwill 160 but a lot milder than both.

    I'll try shimming it next.
     
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  15. jmudrick

    jmudrick Well-Known Member

    FWIW the twin blade hack doesn't really work with the version 2.0, different head.

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  16. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    Maybe not but shimming does improve the performance on this one. I got an almost perfect BBS shave out this razor with the shim installed. This razor is all business shimmed, it definitely makes the blade more rigid so it cuts closer and is a lot less chatty with the shim. This setup the razor shaves more efficient than mild and I got nicked a few times due to carelessness.

    I used a blade I had already trimmed off the blade edges on and loaded the razor blade first then shim. Tomorrow I will load it opposite with shim first then blade and see how it works.
     
  17. jmudrick

    jmudrick Well-Known Member

    Cool. Very happy to see you enjoying this fantastic razor.

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  18. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    Shim was loaded first then blade for this shave.

    Shave with it shimmed the opposite way doesn't make it shave same the same as the other way or without a shim. It is a little bit less aggressive and efficient than the shim loaded in reverse but it is still a much better overall shave than non shimmed. Blade chatter is also almost non existent in this setup.

    So based upon these shaves

    1. No shim is equivalent to good

    2. Shim first then blade is equivalent to better

    3. Blade first then shim is equivalent to best

    Conclusion shim it at a minimum to get the best out of this razor.

    I'll experiment with dual blades non shimmed another day but based upon this so far it should be as good as better and maybe best if the bottom blade also engages on the shave.
     
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  19. PLANofMAN

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    If the cap is touching your face when you shave, blade chatter should be non-existent. You only get that when you use a shallower angle when shaving with the Shake Sharp.

    Edit: using a shallower angle does make the razor more aggressive, so it's not a "wrong way" to use the shake sharp, just something to keep in mind. If I remember correctly, Mike, (@macaronus) prefers a shallow angle with the shaky as well. I do not.
     
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  20. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    I used it like you would almost any SE razor which is an almost ride the cap type of angle as long as the razor doesn't bind, glide smoothly and there is hair in the cream on each swipe.
     
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