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    What straight did you use today? Now with PICTURES

    I would love to see a video of you using that Kampfe thing-gummy!
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    Polishing horn?

    dry sanding the horn so far. If I am doing wet on horn, should I use water or oil? Do you recommend wet sanding for the micro mesh as well, or just for the W/D sandpaper? At this point my real issue is an embarrassment of riches. I have W/D up to 8000, and a micro mesh pack that goes to 12000...
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    What straight did you use today? Now with PICTURES

    Hard Solfen 50 La Toja stick Maggard’s 18mm synth travel brush The Hard Solfen is unique in my collection in that it makes a ringing sound when stropped, or when you put it down on a countertop. I originally got this because it looked like a Japanese version of a MK32, which I was struggling to...
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    Polishing horn?

    Its definitely a possibility. In my earlier work I took the W/D to 1500 before moving to the Dremel. I believe in the video @Doc226 went to 400. So I tried 600 to see if that was enough. And yes I do have W/D to take me almost as high as I can go with micro mesh. Just being lazy I guess. I‘ve...
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    Polishing horn?

    I haven’t tried the micro mesh yet. I worked on the 2nd set of scales today. Used the power sander again for 80 and 120 grit. 220, 320, 600 W/D. Following @Doc226 I didn’t hold the sandpaper in my hand, but instead wrapped it around a wine cork. 600 W/D will give a little bit of shine. Then...
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    What straight did you use today? Now with PICTURES

    W&B 7/8 near wedge Trumper’s Lavender SOC Boar Love the blade - half the time its so quiet that I’m not sure its doing anything, until i rub my face after a pass. Hate the scales - too heavy, throw off the balance. My current efforts on horn scales will ultimately lead to a new set of scales...
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    Polishing horn?

    I have not tried raking (response delayed as I had to look that up). I did dress the wheel using 100 grit sandpaper. I do that regularly for all my felt wheels. Dremels have 2 options. A harder felt pad and a softer, fuzzier buffing pad. The one good part of Dremels is that I had bought the big...
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    Torrey Tuesday

    Did a quick 1-pass with the Torrey 6/8, La Toja stick and Maggard’s 18mm travel synth.
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    Polishing horn?

    Tried again last night just using the white rouge, but MORE - more rouge, more pressure, more time. I did get shinier results, still not quite as good as @Doc226 and also not quite as good as where I used the diamond paste. I suppose not all white rouge is created equal.
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    Polishing horn?

    Wow, made it look easy. OK, I need to think thru what I’m doing. Shouldn’t be putting as much work into as I am. Thanks for the video @Doc226!
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    Travel Brushes

    Enjoying the discussion. Pre-pandemic I used to skip the brush and just use my hand to generate lather on my face. Recently I picked up a Maggard’s 18mm travel and a Wee Scot. I agree that they are like toys, but they do really work. Need to use a few more times to decide which I like better.
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    What straight did you use today? Now with PICTURES

    Torrey 6/8 Pacific Shaving Company SOC Boar For now continuing with my post-FFFMM practice - try to use each razor 2 days in a row to up the familiarity. That said the Torrey got me thru 3-passes with no irritation or cuts on Day 1. Am I beginning to have a change of heart about favorite grind...
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    IC Veritable Vincent Frameback (#3 of 4)

    Really nice job, both the blade and the scales! I’m working on my first horn scales now. I haven’t done wood yet, but I’ve turned quite a few wood pens on a lathe. Did I understand correctly that you put beeswax over a CA finish? I‘ve done one or the other, but never tried putting wax on top of CA.
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    Polishing horn?

    Sounds like a good next step - both the micromesh and the polish. I made up some combo beeswax/carnuba which I left at my father-in-laws - I have used it for food-safe wooden items. I’ll get a piece of that and try it out.
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    What straight did you use today? Now with PICTURES

    Now the answer to the question no one has been asking “How much water do you need to soak a Wee Scot in a shot glass?” Answer: 1 Tablespoon! Wee Scot in action for the 2nd time, did a great job face lathering Arko. I gave the Tanifuji extra laps yesterday and if felt a lot smoother today.
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    Polishing horn?

    A little more data from an experiment run quickly this morning. I took a piece of the same horn. This piece has the original polished surface on one side, but my efforts to flatten this piece were unsuccessful. For now it is set aside to turn into wedges to contrast with the yellow ox horn...
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    Polishing horn?

    Thanks Doc, sometimes I over think things! :)
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    Polishing horn?

    Hi All, I am working on my first horn scales now. Before I start working on the ox horn, I am trying to get in some practice on Buffalo horn. My father-in-law bought a piece as a present for me and sliced it up on his bandsaw. So above what you see top to bottom - bandsaw face, shiny face as...
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    What straight did you use today? Now with PICTURES

    Tanifuji 6/8 SOC Boar A&E Peach & Cognac 1st shave with the Tanifuji, which arrived during FFFMM. Really nice, this likely surpassed any of the shaves with the MK 31 last month. I actually hit BBS on parts of my upper lip for the first time ever. Even with the Method Edge, I could still feel...
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    Live by the sword,...

    Thanks for all the comments. I will think on it a bit. Currently focused on trying to make my first scales out of horn, want to get comfortable with that before I try grinding metal.
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