Hands up all those who shave exclusively with a straight razor

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I have straight shaved only for nearly 10 years, however my blades are dulling having not touched a stone since neil passed ( i hate the idea of posting my blades and loosing something that a good friend spent time and effort putting an edge on and could not be replaced) but im going to have to bite the bullit if i with to continue to use them.
 
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I have straight shaved only for nearly 10 years, however my blades are dulling having not touched a stone since neil passed ( i hate the idea of posting my blades and loosing something that a good friend spent time and effort putting an edge on and could not be replaced) but im going to have to bite the bullit if i with to continue to use them.
The fact that you have survived on stropping alone for ten years is a testament to your stropping skills! And encouraging for me as I have only bought one finishing stone and am hoping to survive on regular touch ups on that.

I can understand you not wanting to risk the post but perhaps you could find someone local to Canvey Island that you could hand deliver to?

Mark
 
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The fact that you have survived on stropping alone for ten years is a testament to your stropping skills! And encouraging for me as I have only bought one finishing stone and am hoping to survive on regular touch ups on that.

I can understand you not wanting to risk the post but perhaps you could find someone local to Canvey Island that you could hand deliver to?

Mark
I had that, in Neil Miller.
 
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I use a straight only and have for about 8yrs. I can't believe what I'm hearing about stropping only for 10yrs though... surely not? The longest my edges last are about 5 weeks and that's pushing it.
 
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Well my stropping certainly isn't good enough. So far I seem to be lasting on monthly or so touch ups on a Shapton Glass 16000 finishing stone.

Good to see another Johnjo!

Mark
 
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Well my stropping certainly isn't good enough. So far I seem to be lasting on monthly or so touch ups on a Shapton Glass 16000 finishing stone.

Good to see another Johnjo!

Mark
Thanks Mark... and wow! That's quite a testament to the Shapton 16. I might designate 1 blade to doing that but it'll be hard not to go further on a jnat which I'd normally do to finish. Will post results in due course.
 
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I get about 6 months or so before blades need a full hone... can go longer now I've added a nani 12k but I usually go back to that with a blade every 10 shaves or so.

I know stropping with paste can prolong the life of a blade, which I also use, but I'm not always thrilled with the results
 
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I've never really got on with paste either. So many opinions on post hone stropping as well. Some even say not to bother if you've honed well enough. I guess it makes sense if you're that efficient in honing but I find I do have to strop but it's how many strokes on fabric then leather that gets confusing. If fabric at all??
Its a journey, that's for sure.
 

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I've never really got on with paste either. So many opinions on post hone stropping as well. Some even say not to bother if you've honed well enough. I guess it makes sense if you're that efficient in honing but I find I do have to strop but it's how many strokes on fabric then leather that gets confusing. If fabric at all??
Its a journey, that's for sure.
After Ive shaved I will give the blade 25 laps on the fabric followed by 75 laps on the leather, the fabric ensures the cutting edge is perfectly dry after shaving. P.
 
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I use a straight only and have for about 8yrs. I can't believe what I'm hearing about stropping only for 10yrs though... surely not? The longest my edges last are about 5 weeks and that's pushing it.
Hey, ive looked after my blades, i have 7 , some are better than others but my joseph rogers and my gates still shave well.
At some stage somebody will get them on a stone .
 
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