What Straight Razor Did You Use Today?

Discussion in 'Straight Razors' started by lindyhopper66, Nov 30, 2013.

  1. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member

    Lol, no worries Scott, I’ve never been a paste guy. But there are plenty of people who say ‘I give my razor 5o laps on a diamond pasted strop after every shave and I never have to hone!’. I don’t know what they believe that they’re doing if not honing the razor. Every. Shave.

    If I gave my razor 50 laps on a jnat after every shave, I’d never have to hone either!
  2. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member

    Love the Yardley! And the 1870 decanter.
  3. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    Wouldn't have much of a razor either.
    Many give their razors 15-20 laps on a Chromium Oxide pasted strop, when the edge starts to degrade.

    I really like the Yardley, but it's very difficult to come by. I dont remember when they stopped making it.
    As for the decanter, I have collected many different Shulton Old Spice decanters, and each is full of the good juice. There are a couple I am still looking for, but they slipped through my fingers.

  4. speedster

    speedster Well-Known Member

    This morning’s shave brings out a Thiers-Issard LE Oakwing G with Castle Forbes providing the lather and aftershave. A M&F 2XL Super Badger brush and a GP20 scuttle worked lather duties. The blade is a perfectly smooth whisker squeegee:

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  5. The Fox

    The Fox Well-Known Member

    DSC00290.jpg I just shaved with my newest razor, the Rasoir Sabre France Legend Köroğlu.
    I had to cut and paste the name into the post because I have no idea how to get those funny letters. This was the first brand new razor I've bought in quite a while, and in a way, it caused a little unexpected disillusionment. After my initial shave, I thought, "Oh yeah, this is what it's like to shave with a well honed razor!" Then I thought about all the attempts to hone my other razors and have never achieved an edge this good... And it makes me sad.
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  6. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member

    @The Fox - honing is just practice. If you’re not good enough you just need more practice and repetition. This one is not the one to practice on however.... Beautiful taxor, congrats!
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  7. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    Beautiful. The really sad thing is that factory edges are usually not that good. I would get a vintage razor, send it to a known Honemeister and see how that one shaves.

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  8. The Fox

    The Fox Well-Known Member

    I've heard French razors are inconsistent and often not as sharp as German razors. I guess I'm lucky. I have two Dovos which were both equally good out of the box, and as their reputation goes, they looked flawless. But I also have two French razors and they both beat the Dovos hands down for the quality of their edges. Of course they do show some of that "French character" in other aspects like random blemishes in the steel and scales that don't quite match up. But they both shave excellent.
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  9. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member

    Send it over to Glen, he’s next door in Idaho.
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  10. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Reloaded with small Heljestrands...
    This one just has “4R” on the tail. Nice script C.V.H on the blade face.
    Also went with an orange theme by accident. :)
    Enjoy your shave.
  11. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    Send one to Glen, to have it professionally honed. I would send over a Dovo. He likes Dovo Razors. :D.
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  12. Edison Carter

    Edison Carter Goo-bloomin' Stankster

    I can't understand how that pile of rocks you collect has not risen up in violent rebellion against you and your determination to top 100 with that blade.

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  13. Edison Carter

    Edison Carter Goo-bloomin' Stankster

    Love my Rasoir Sabre. They are sold with instructions from the man who inscribed his name on your piece to dispatch as shave ready and not re-hone.
    It serves as a great target in my own honing.
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  14. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member

    Actually I’m not determined to reach any specific number, I’m just enjoying the ride. I’ve got time like many others these days, and just ‘spun up’ about a dozen Gold Monkeys and Gold Dollars, so the stones are not lonely!
  15. Keithmax

    Keithmax Breeds Pet Rocks

    Thank you, I will take some pics tonight and post tomorrow.

    I use FeO3 before each shave, about 5 - 10 laps. This extended the life of my edges, when there is any fall off I go to CrOx or Dovo red-black pastes. After a two times to the Dovo pastes or CrOx it is back to a finishing stone.
  16. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member

    Using pastes is a proven way to maintain a SR edge and has been probably has been since the first straight razors. The idea that abrasive pastes which remove metal are somehow not the same as honing the razor just seems curious to me.
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  17. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member

    Today’s shave was a test of an older Nakayama from Takeda vs a small iro (multicolor) Nakayama koppa from Alex Gilmore’s ‘hoard’ stones. The razors were Gold Monkeys. The iro edged out a win for smoothness. Small stone but high powered. Soap was MdC agrumes lathered with a Rooney Silvertip, and Myrsol Limon was a perfect pairing to the agrumes soap.

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  18. Karl G

    Karl G Well-Known Member

    Da comrades, is glorious! :happy093:

    I think Russian razors are underrated - especially pre-70s. Today’s shave was wonderful on all fronts :happy036:

    Hot water preparation
    Argan Oil PSO
    Romera Wengue Chubby Manchurian Badger
    Monsavon Au Lait
    1961 STIZ Paketa 11/16
    Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel


    Happy shaving - Karl
  19. Ice-Man

    Ice-Man Well-Known Member

    Tonights Shave

    Black Diamond Grah Plumacher
    RazoRock xXx
    Kent BK8 silvertip
    4711 Eau De Cologne
    Just honed this one up after a full restore and I must say very impressed, it just wiped the whiskers away with great ease.
    And a DFS with a two pass....

  20. Keithmax

    Keithmax Breeds Pet Rocks

    As requested, the brush is a Romero

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