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This 200-year old Bengall (from Sheffield i believe) cleaned up great. It's hard to believe how nice the blade got with very little effort. Not so satisfied with the scales though. While I love the transparent deep purple, I still think a dark wood would have made it better justice! Looking...
Unfortunately not! I don´t remember what I paid now, but I bought from a dealer in China and had to have it delivered to Friands in another Chinese city when I was visiting them. Seems they don't ship sharp objects over the border (but I had razors and knives sent to me from Sweden, Taiwan, US...
I was being ironic - my the GD300 might not be my favorite straight - i reserve that spot for my swedish ones, but it sure has a spot in my rotation and It actually didn't give me any trouble when honing it. Only thing I could not stand was the scales which were too floppy IMHO.
Honed up the Gustafsson today and had a shave above my expectations. It took an nice edge with minimal effort - not screaming sharp, but morre than enough. Easy to handle with a pleasant smile.
This one is going into my rotation for sure.
We all know that honing i Gold Dollar is useless, so I...
Normally i max out on the 5k until its more or less shining edge, then on the 8k and 15k I do about 20 laps each. On these razors I have been doing both that as well as many more laps trying to get that good edge. So, I dont think the number of laps on the Shaptons is an issue here.
Some of you might recognize this post for a sharpening forum, thought I should see what the Straight Razor community had to say as well.
So, I have these couple of straights that defied my attempts of putting a nice edge on them with my Shapton Pro´s (220, 1k, 2k, 5k, 8k, 15k).
Some days ago...
Actually, My #300 i bought was just to hone and shave, didn't need to do anything else with it! The #208 took some work with the dremel though. Not the best straight om my modest collection, but certainly not the worst. Probably qualifies with the top 40% or so!
But, well since it is impossible...
Im settling for three, but could survive with one.
One for daily use (Gillette Old type ball end OC)
One in my travel kit (Gillette Slim)
One Cased red tip for nostalgic reasons - I played around a lot with those since both dada and granddad used them.
According til Alan Flusser in "Dressing the man", the three piece suit first lost its importance in the 1920's when central heating became common. Then the wartime fabric rationing put the last nail in the waistcoats coffin.
I still wear three-piece suits most part of the year. Hong Kong is...
Shanghaiese Gillette Blues are definitely good blades. I use them when I can't get my Feathers or Shark. Definitely better priced too!
Doesn't hurt that I can get them in Hong Kong and Taiwan as well as in Mainland China!
I would not feel TOO bad if I only had to shave with those exclusively.
True that there is a lot of rust. Unfortunately, what is not shown in the picture is excessive hone wear and worst of all that someone had a go at the edge with a rough grinding wheel. The edge have now a wave shape with two valleys on each end, both of them going quite deep into the edge...