Will it work old slate roof tile for rolls razor

Discussion in 'Straight Razors' started by RobertTaylor, Feb 21, 2020.

  1. RobertTaylor

    RobertTaylor Member

    20200221_191108.jpg Hi
    will a old slate roof tile work
    As a rolls razor hone
    I don't see whay not as you can get
    Slate hones
    Will see tomorrow when I have cut it to size
    I am going to lap it on some 250 grit wet and dry
    Then I will replace the strop
    I have a offcut of split it has grain
    On both sides will it work or does it have to be smoooth leather
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  2. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    Good luck. I've heard of people trying this, but for use on straights. I haven't heard of any successes.
  3. RezDog

    RezDog Well-Known Member

    Not all rocks are created the same. I’ve made quite a few hones from stone. Sometimes you wind up with a hone shaped rock. Not all rock has a consistent matrix and even if it does, it will not always cut. The only way you can tell if that particular piece of slate will make a nice hone is to cut it, lap it and try it. Slate is typically quite soft and the process should be fast and easy. I have a lot of pieces of slate that are good cutting slate but only in the 5-6K range. Finding a nice finisher is kind of challenging. You may be very lucky and should try it out.
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  4. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

    You can find Rolls razors selling just for parts and the stones can be in nice shape.
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  5. le rat biblio

    le rat biblio New Member

    I had previously sharpened my straights on my bench stones (oil & water) up tp 10000 grit. Then tried a Rolls blade. Could never ever get it shaving sharp using the Rolls box's hone but got it reasonably sharp on a Chinese 10000 grit waterstone. Then re-discovered a neglected bench stone I'd never had much success with when sharpening knives. It looked like the Welsh purple slate stones 12000 - 14000 grit selling on eBay, so I tried the Rolls blades-I'd acquired some 17 by now-on this purple stone. Hallelulah.
    I use the purple stone to hone my Darwin wedge blades as well & strop these in the Darwin box on leather-impregnated FeOx, as per original Rolls & Darwin specs of yesteryear. I also strop the Rolls blades in their case on the original leather strop but am looking to also strop "out of the box" on a leather belt coated with FeOx.
    BTW: Last year I sold my +/- 20 straights ( incl Henckels, 8 Kropps, Genco), couldn't trust my trembling hand, a casualty of old age, not to inflict some serious facial damage. :>)
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  6. RobertTaylor

    RobertTaylor Member

    Very helpful I have tried it and it slices through paper
    And hair on my arm like a dream
    Now I shall replace
    Know I now
    Ps fantactic shave
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