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    What's on your work bench right now?

    Just finished cleaning up a J.NOWILL & SONS pretty 6/8 blade with a full Maker's Mark and original ivory scales with washerless pins and a lead wedge. The Maker’s Mark on the tang reads SHEFFIELD ESTABLISHED AD 1700. The right side of the tang is engraved with a letter D and the J. Nowill...
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    What's on your work bench right now?

    Thanks. This material is gorgeous: it has movement and in a certain light it looks like embers are burning on the inside. The marks on the wedge pin were two smudges of greaseless compound that just rubbed off with a soft cloth.
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    Keenest Edge with a Jnat

    I agree with JNAT CAT, there is no magic number, especially for natural stones. I don't hone under running water but do know a lot of wet shavers that do who know what they are doing. I use a spray bottle with water. As for number of strokes that depends on the blade and how fast the stone is...
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    Keenest Edge with a Jnat

    I love my Wakasa. There is always more than one way to skin a cat but I finish with water after the slurry has mostly broken down and that has worked for me for the last 6 years or so. Experiment and you'll find what works best for you.
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    What's on your work bench right now?

    There are good deals to be had at antique shops. They don't always know what they have. I've picked up a lot of ivory scales in such places. I always thought that DDs were expensive but the one I did buy is a very nice shaver, easy to hone and it holds its edge. Nice job!
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    What's on your work bench right now?

    Thank you. It feels good when it all comes together doesn't it?
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    What's on your work bench right now?

    Last on my workbench for a while is a 6/8 Frederick Reynolds "Hamburg Ring" with a mirror finish and custom dyed buckeye burl scales with steel Solingen pins and a black acrylic wedge. This blade looks as if it has never been used. Some blades just fit certain scales as if they were made...
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    The most beautiful razor you own

    A fully restored 7/8 Marshes & Shepherd with cocobolo scales on ebony liners with walrus ivory bolsters and nickel pins. The wedge is musk ox horn. I keep it well stropped and oiled. I only have to refresh it with water on a finisher every few months or so. Shaves like a dream.
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    Fifteen-minute straight razor challenge

    Agree. Rushing a straight razor shave is an accident waiting to happen. A 15 minute shave/touch up is what safety razors are for...Good to have around.
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    What would our fathers and grandfathers really make of us?

    "Most of us are simply 'soap sniffing lunatics.'" Ouch! I have no idea if that is true. But if it is, again, demonstrating such disdain one wonders why you bother with the group at all. Nonetheless, you painted with a rather broad brush--you are still doing that. Whoever drags a nearly 100...
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    What would our fathers and grandfathers really make of us?

    One wonders why you bother with this site. Go off with your plastic Gillette and be done with it. There are many aspects to what we do here. There is a timeless quality to buying a damaged razor from England or Germany, nearly 100 years old and restoring it to its original beauty and function...
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    What's on your work bench right now?

    Just completed a Greaves & Sons restoration. Nice 6/8 near wedge with snakewood scales, brass bullseye collars and an amber wedge.
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    What's on your work bench right now?

    I just finished these scales for a beautiful Thiers Issard, Le Grilot, for an SR shaver near Baton Rouge. Red spruce scales laminated to black acrylic with an amber wedge and brass, rosette collars. The spine work on this blade is beautiful.
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    Rescaled this beautiful Thiers Issard, Le Grilot, with cool spine work. I used red spruce laminated on black acrylic with an amber wedge and brass rosette collars.
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    Rescaled this beautiful Thiers Issard, Le Grilot, with cool spine work. I used red spruce laminated on black acrylic with an amber wedge and brass rosette collars.
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