What Straight Razor Have You Honed Lately????

Discussion in 'Straight Razors' started by DaltonGang, Sep 25, 2016.

  1. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member

    Pretty cool Tom!

    I’m AWOL again, maybe the title of this post should be ‘What did you lap today?’ I’m on a lapping marathon.

    Last night, 4 Shapton Glass, 3 HR and 1 HC, a barber size asagi, a bench size hard kiita, and a two 60-cut stones a hard asagi and my Nakayama ‘pre-finisher’. 8 stones total.

    So far today, a vintage maru-ka, an Aiiwatani ‘pre finisher’, a hard suminagashi asagi, plus a small travel stone.

    A lot more to go. Fun, fun, fun. But necessary to do a couple of times a year.
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  2. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member

    @Keithmax you are not the only one to say that. Makes me want another stone... Which I need like a hole in the head.
  3. Keithmax

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  4. joamo

    joamo Well-Known Member

    A relaxing honing session,
    Bonita razor
    Llyn Idwal
    Dota Creek
    and finished on a slip of a Charnley Forest
    and sea chanteys by a Sealpoint on a squeezebox.
  5. basil

    basil Well-Known Member

    Decided the last shave with the heljestrand mk133 was not quite good enough. Brought out the ozuku and started with a koma then finished on the tomo nagura.

  6. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member


    Show down with two softer stones. Usually stones as soft as these struggle a little with making a smooth razor edge, but not always. I flattened these during my recent flattening marathon and decided to give them another try with full prep on both the stones and razors. Gold Dollar 208-3 and 208-7 were taken to the Shapton 4k and Aiiwatani prefinisher, then 208-3 was honed on the big blue asagi on the left and 208-7 was honed on the chocolate stone on the right. Same tomo for both. Shave tomorrow!
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  7. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member


    Touched up my 6/8 Manaslu M-100 on ‘the boulder’. It’s big and hard, mean and green (not really, lol, well it is green), and fine. No doubt to the finishing quality. The Manaslu or my Filly Sub Cero edge test will be standing by in case the Gold Dollar edges aren’t up to my shaving expectations.
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  8. Jamie Mahoney

    Jamie Mahoney Well-Known Member

    I've had quite a few in this week, these are the last batch of 4 finished today, 4 razors 3 Kamisori razors including one western-style Kamisori, all needed a complete bevel reset, starting with the Chosera 1K through the progression finished on the Suhiero Gokumyo 20K.

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  9. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member


    Another throwdown, comparing two Nakayama kiita, an almost 4 pound stone on the left and a pretty little true kiita koppa on a removable stand.

    Same test razors, 208-7 on the small stone, 208-3 on the large one, same tomo nagura.
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  10. basil

    basil Well-Known Member

    Touched up the Heljestrand Mk10 to see how far the convex ark can push the edge.

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  11. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Getting a couple of friend’s razors back into use. A little blade restore, a little fun with Rub N’ Buff, and off to the hones.

    Naniwa 1/4/8k progression and then off to Thuringian. Two layers of tape for the unknown Sheffield near wedge and one for the Case.

    Happy honing.
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  12. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member

    Aaannnd.... How far could you push it? Inquiring minds want to know! Lol.
  13. basil

    basil Well-Known Member

    After my shaves I’ve been using this convex ark to maintain my edges, much like someone using a balsa with diamond.
    I noticed some slight improvements to the edge the first 2 times, but after that I didn’t see any improvement.

    I have decided that I could probably touch the razor up after every 2/3 shaves and still end up with the same results.

    Either way the ark has helped me push my edges past what they were and that’s a win in my books.
  14. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member


    Yep, any time that you can see noticeable improvement counts as a win @basil

    I did a redux of previous hones with these two big boys, they’re about 3.9 pounds each, so that’s almost 8 pounds of Japanese real estate there. The idea was to give the edges a few licks on light slurry to recondition the edge since both razors just had one shave on them, then add clear water strokes to see if that improved the edge. The razor felt different on clear water, the blue asagi developed light stiction at about 20-25 strokes, while the Nakayama kiita developed full blown suction at about the same number.

    TBH, I couldn’t tell a lot of difference as I use light slurry to finish anyway, and the edges were pretty much indistinguishable from each other. The shave was dolphin smooth.
  15. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member


    My friend David over at Nash Vegas sent me a 5x2 coti in trade, and I got it lapped and smoothed - the coti side is HARD! then tried out this Manaslu 100 with a shave-ready jnat edge. So I just went straight to running water then finished with a little dish detergent. Stropped 20 Tony Miller flax linen, 35 Kanoyama suede, then 65 Kanoyama cordovan. Silent HHT root in or out. I wondered if I had removed the jnat edge and got out the loupe. The bevel looked like a 6k scratch pattern, so yep, that’s a coti edge, lol!
  16. basil

    basil Well-Known Member

    Gotta love a coti edge!!
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  17. basil

    basil Well-Known Member

    This razor came in today. Needed to set the bevel so used my Takashima with a Botan slurry followed by Tenjyou to polish things up. Will take it to the finishers later.

  18. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member


    Taking the new coti for another run, this time with heavy mineral oil after running water strokes. The razor is a Hayashi 1072 and bevel looked better and the shave was excellent, really, really, smooth. Still not quite as close as a good jnat edge, but the difference is really, really small. I’ve been told that you can use a bit more pressure with a coti edge. This is the first coti I’ve used that could get close to a jnat edge though my coti friends tell me that it’s very possible. Unfortunately it seems to come down to finding the right one by trial and error, just like jnats, lol.
  19. basil

    basil Well-Known Member

    Yeah my cotis don’t really compare to a jnat edge. They are close but not as sharp. But either way great success with the coti!
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  20. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member

    Yep, not as sharp, but very smooth. And as you say close. The fellow I got it from has been into coticules for a decade or more, loves them and has piles of them. He knows I’m a jnat person and this one is close. I’ve chatted with other knowledgeable folks, and like the best jnats you can’t easily go out and buy the best razor coti it seems.

    it’s good to have friends looking out for you, thanks David!
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