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  1. dmatcuk

    Loupe/Microscope Pictures

    Sorry for the delay in response. It was rather odd in my opinion. The razor is shaving fine now off of synthetic hones, so the razor generally is not the issue I don't think. I haven't had the chance to try some other razors on the Jnat yet though. I hope to do that this weekend or next...
  2. dmatcuk

    Loupe/Microscope Pictures

    Thanks everyone. I have a couple vintage and a couple new razors to test out on the Jnat to see what is going on. I got my PRC almost back to where I would like it on the synthetic hones. Pretty smooth shave, minimal irritation, and no bleeding. I will refine it a little more this week, but it...
  3. dmatcuk

    Loupe/Microscope Pictures

    Likely the razor and hone don't get along. I've been shaving about 4 years with straights and never had stroping problems. Been using this particular strop for probably over 2 of those years. The razor is a Portland Razor Co Hydra that I have had for just over 2 years. It has always held edges...
  4. dmatcuk

    Loupe/Microscope Pictures

    I just want to make sure that I am looking for the right things when I check the edge with my loupe. So I thought pictures might show me what I am actually looking for. I can look at the edges through my loupe all day, but if I don't know what I am actually looking at then I am wasting my time.
  5. dmatcuk

    Loupe/Microscope Pictures

    The razor has done fine on the super stones in the past. I just rehoned it tonight. We will see how it does shaving maybe tomorrow. Did 1k, 3k, 9k, 12k. Got a Dovo Carpe Diem, new Boker tree brand, and various vintage blades to try on the jnat going forward. I'll find something that works on it...
  6. dmatcuk

    Loupe/Microscope Pictures

    It's a PRC Hydra that won't hold the edge. I got maybe 2 weeks of good shaves then they were horrible. The blade wasn't dropped, hit, compromised in anyway. Been shaving for almost 4 years without stropping issues, so don't think it's that.
  7. dmatcuk

    Loupe/Microscope Pictures

    Hey Everyone, Does anyone have a good source, link, website, etc for photos of what I should be looking for when I use my jewelers loupe while honing? I'm trying to learn Jnats currently and have had limited success. I thought I did really well, got some of the smoothest shaves I have ever had...
  8. dmatcuk

    Why a 7 Razor Set?

    Not going to lie, I am working on collecting a 7 day set to curb my razor purchasing. I am trying to put together a 7 day set of 1893 Columbian Exposition Razors. From the looks of it I should be able to find at least 7 different manufacturers that had a razor for the fair. Other than the Boker...
  9. dmatcuk

    JNat Help

    Thanks for all the responses. Sorry I haven't responded sooner, been busy at work and traveling. I start with the naguras. I assume the stone is flat, it comes from Keith who is very reputable. I haven't tried looking with the loupe yet, I'll do that when I rehone Monday. Maybe I am spending too...
  10. dmatcuk

    JNat Help

    Ok, I can give it a shot. I honestly never really noticed a difference with the Superstone edges when I used the cloth strop, which is why I only use it once a week or so.
  11. dmatcuk

    JNat Help

    I recently started honing with Jnats and have been running into an issue. It seems like after maybe 3 weeks my edges are horrible. It is a rather quick decrease in shave quality too. Shaves go from good to horrible after only a few days. When the razor is fresh off the hone, I get the smoothest...
  12. dmatcuk

    Face Preparation

    I shower before I shave and use a moisturizing face wash. If I have a few days growth, I will use the Proraso preshave cream as well. I simply spread it over my face then let it sit while I strop my razor. Just lather right over top of it and shave. Oils make my skin too slippery to get a good...
  13. dmatcuk

    Cousins

    https://www.badgerandblade.com/forum/threads/frederick-reynolds-1893-worlds-fair-razor.285561/ Frederick Williams and Sword and Crown versions. Got some searching to do!
  14. dmatcuk

    Cousins

    This is getting interesting. So I didn't realize the Columbian Exposition was specifically in 1893 as an anniversary to Columbus coming to America. So they should be from the same year. Found a listing of manufacturers from the fair, but it is huge. I'll have to look on my desktop to see if I...
  15. dmatcuk

    Cousins

    Very cool. I didn't realize it was magnetic. Yours is very beautiful. Mine could use a cleaning, but the etching is still very nice. I'm not sure if they are the original scales or not, but they are in decent shape. I've seen a bunch of them online that the etching is hardly visible. I'll have...
  16. dmatcuk

    Cousins

    I wish I could find some others. The Boker one is the only one that comes up in my searches. I would imagine that there are other brands that made them. Thanks guys.
  17. dmatcuk

    Cousins

    Pretty excited about this latest acquisition. My second razor ever was my Broker 1893 Columbian Exposition Razor. It's still my favorite that I own to date. The etching is just so neat to me. I was searching the bay looking for nothing in particular when I came across a Joseph Allen and Son...
  18. dmatcuk

    My Straight Razor Checklist

    I think I used 320 or 400 wet dry sandpaper to lap my super stones and it seemed to work just fine. I have a maybe 2' by 2' section of granite counter top that I leveled on my work bench that I use to do all my lapping and honing on. I just taped the sheet down and went at it.
  19. dmatcuk

    My Straight Razor Checklist

    I second that, terror sticks will have me looking for one tonight.
  20. dmatcuk

    First SR Shave

    Under the chin is a pain! Try to follow me on this, hopefully I can make this understandable with out rambling too much. I lost a lot of weight, so my skin is rather loose on my neck. I divide my face in half when shaving, with an imaginary line straight down between my eyes. It gives me a...
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