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To be honest I set my bevel on an Atoma 1200 or King 1K and then go straight to my finisher (C12K, hard couticle, Naniwa 10K or Jnat depending on razor) and check under a loupe to make sure the scratches have been polished out. Sometimes finish on linen strop with TI white paste. This ususally results in a nice polished edge that is HHT-5 after stropping...YMMV and all that
#12

That Bald Guy with the Big Beard
Bishop, CA
(This post was last modified: 04-12-2016, 05:31 PM by BadDad.)
I'm very new to this game, and I don't have all the lingo down, nor do I have a lot of fancy stones to work with, but I managed to put my first shave-ready edge on an antique store find this evening.

I took a Taylor Eye Witness 11/16 square point that had a couple of small dings in the edge, ran it on the 500grit stone to get the dings out, then on to 1k, followed by hard ceramic(approximately 10-12k). After that I took it to a leather strop with green Chromium Oxide paste, a soft leather strop, then a hard leather strop. It passes the mid-hair cut on the forearm, and the hanging hair cut, so tomorrow night I will give it a chance to mow down some head hairs, and show me what she's got...

Kind of exciting...this is the first razor that I have ever set and honed from the ground up. Gonna have to be patient and see what tomorrow brings, if it's really shave-ready, or not...
-Chris~Head Shaver~
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#13

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Sydney, Australia
How long did that process take you? Going from 1K straight to 10-12K seems like a rather big jump.
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That Bald Guy with the Big Beard
Bishop, CA
(04-11-2016, 03:39 AM)Null Wrote: How long did that process take you?  Going from 1K straight to 10-12K seems like a rather big jump.

It was a pretty big jump, but it worked out. Just have to work the hard stone. I'm planning on picking up an 8000 this weekend to bridge the gap and make it a little easier.

Also, This razor may not be quite as "shave ready" as I am thinking. It passed the tests, but I haven't shaved with it yet, and that's where the truth of the matter is...
-Chris~Head Shaver~
#15
Not as long as you think. Most progressions are a kind of knife thing where you are starting at very low grits to remove a lot of metal to establish a joined edge. Most factory made razors were beveled on a platten then went straight to a finishing hone. If your bevel setter is leaving such deep gouges you may consider finding a better bevel setter....as of course YMMV.
#16

That Bald Guy with the Big Beard
Bishop, CA
I shaved with it tonight, and I was pretty satisfied. I am still learning to use a straight efficiently, and this is my first "ground up" honing, so to be honest, I am very happy that I was able to get a clean shave with it.

Could it be better? Yes. Absolutely. Both the blade and the shave. But that's what keeps us coming back for more, isn't it?
-Chris~Head Shaver~
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#17

That Bald Guy with the Big Beard
Bishop, CA
(This post was last modified: 04-15-2016, 05:14 PM by BadDad.)
Just placed an order for a Naniwa Super Stone set, 220, 1000, 5000, 10000 grits plus a Naniwa flattening stone. That coupled with my (approx.) 12K ceramic and my strop should make it a fairly simple task to put a real shaving edge on my razors...

By next week, I'll be sharing progression pics!
-Chris~Head Shaver~
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#18

That Bald Guy with the Big Beard
Bishop, CA
Had to touch up my favorite blade. Last shave was tugging and leaving everything behind from the get go, so I took it to the stones for some refreshing. Started with a quick few passes on a Naniwa Specialty 5k followed by a Naniwa Specialty 10k. A few laps on the 12k-ish and 50 laps on linen. She's popping arm hairs at mid height. Gonna give a test shave tonight...

Allegheny Instruments Corporation 5/8 near wedge
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-Chris~Head Shaver~
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That Bald Guy with the Big Beard
Bishop, CA
Last Night, I went to use my Torrey 5/8 full hollow and it started tugging, so I put it to the side and shaved with the AIC near wedge.

After my shave, I took the Torrey through the same progression as the AIC; Naniwa 5k, Naniwa 10k, and my natural 12k-ish (I think it is actually a hard Arkansas, but I can't be certain), followed by 100 laps on the linen strop. The Torrey is now popping arm hairs mid-height with the same gusto as the AIC near wedge. Tonight, it will get a test shave.

I'm really digging the edges I've been able to get recently. I'm still having trouble with my Taylor Eye Witness that has a frown, but even that blade is starting to come along. It would probably be easier if I didn't rush the progression and move ahead too quickly, but I'm an impatient guy sometimes. I need to learn to slow down and let the stones work...

Anyhow...the blades that don;t need major work are finishing up very keen and smooth, so I'm going to take that as a sign that I am starting to get the hang of this. I still have a TON to learn, but at least with my current stones on good blades with no issues, I am able to get a good, keen edge...
-Chris~Head Shaver~
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