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That is probably one of the most frustrating things about SR shaving, be it your prep, shave or honing.

I might go back to the good old days of cart shaving. No frustration with just consistent results 😱.
Call it odd, but I found that I cut myself more often with cartridges than I did with my DE. I showered with no mirror and shaved in 90 seconds with my DE. Something about a cartridge--perhaps that I had to use more pressure--made me more prone to nick myself. "A sharp knife is a safe knife" kinda thing maybe.
 
Enjoy the journey and trying new honing techniques. Remember to have fun and learn your kit before buying more stuff.
Thank you, @Possum092. I am having a lot of fun and not a day goes by where I don't learn something.

Like I said, I wanted to make sure I could put a satisfactory edge on two rescue razors before touching my Dovo. Done and Done. Two is good, three is better, but I still feel it can be beginner's luck. After a few more fine edges, I'll begin to branch out and try new things. I want to make absolutely certain that "I've got this," before I change anything about the routine.
 

Slash McCoy

I freehand dog rockets
Thanks, Slash. I've read "The Instructions," "The Method," and would respectfully submit that I feel my game is looking very positive. The blade came was "tuggy" after diamond stropping, and smooth as silk after a JNAT progression. It it ain't broke, don't fix it kinda thing. :) The HHT has never had any bearing on my comfort in my shaves, and my shaves are close, comfortable, and my edges have never seen a diamond. If there's a pressing reason to change that, I'll be the first one to do it. At this moment--things are far too good to change a thing! :)

Thanks for the encouragement! :thumbsup:
A method edge should never be "tuggy". Something isn't right there. But the main thing is that you are getting an edge that you enjoy shaving with. If Jnats are doing it for you, you are in good company, and lots of it. IMHO a good Jnat edge is the second best edge you can get, so you are still leading the pack. Once you have already paid for those rocks, nothing wrong with using them. However, I would urge you to revisit Method honing in a year or two, so don't toss your balsa just yet.
 

Slash McCoy

I freehand dog rockets
Call it odd, but I found that I cut myself more often with cartridges than I did with my DE. I showered with no mirror and shaved in 90 seconds with my DE. Something about a cartridge--perhaps that I had to use more pressure--made me more prone to nick myself. "A sharp knife is a safe knife" kinda thing maybe.
Probably because a cart shave generally requires a bit of pressure, and a fresh blade in a DE does not.
 
keep at it sparky, different materials are a fun journey.

right now I'm in love with this.

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I don't think that there is one Supreme method.

in my mind, varying methods just provide different results.

this is where choice and preferences develop.

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I have found that once you have learned to consistently get a good edge by whatever method you're comfortable with, you have two options.

The first option is to be happy with what you have and keep doing it that way. Nothing wrong with that if you still get the results you like

The second option is to change looking for a better, more convenient or just a different way. You do this with the knowledge that if it doesn't work you can always go back to what you know works for you.

Neither option is right or wrong. The important thing in my view is to firstly find that option that works.
This second option has been exactly my approach. Learn to do one thing well before branching out. It’s nice to have a sure fire thing to fall back on when the honing gods are conspiring against you.

I would also add that learning to put consistently good edges onto two razors does not make you a honing expert who is capable of tackling any task. It may very well make you an expert at honing those two razors though.

As I’ve moved forward in my SR adventures I’ve bought more an more razors. Time and time again I’ve been puzzled at why my previously successful technique wasn’t working anymore. The fact is that different razors need to be honed in different ways due to quirks in their geometry. People with lots of razors make their life harder than it needs to be but they learn to spot and deal with different types of razors. Some honing methods are more forgiving than others when dealing with those “not so straight” straight razors. I now read the edge and bevel pattern to guide the approach that I am going to take with a specific razor. A marker and a loupe are powerful tools for anyone that is learning to hone.
 
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This second option has been exactly my approach. Learn to do one thing well before branching out. It’s nice to have a sure fire thing to fall back on when the honing gods are conspiring against you.

I would also add that learning to put consistently good edges onto two razors does not make you a honing expert who is capable of tackling any task. It may very well make you an expert at honing those two razors though.

As I’ve moved forward in my SR adventures I’ve bought more an more razors. Time and time again I’ve been puzzled at why my previously successful technique wasn’t working anymore. The fact is that different razors need to be honed in different ways due to quirks in their geometry. People with lots of razors make their life harder than it needs to be but they learn to spot and deal with different types of razors. Some honing methods are more forgiving than others when dealing with those “not so straight” straight razors. I now read the edge and bevel pattern to guide the approach that I am going to take with a specific razor. A marker and a loupe are powerful tools for anyone that is learning to hone.

Different strokes.

If your goal is to spend the least amount of money shaving (other than not shaving) over the course of your lifetime, buy two inexpensive, vintage straight razors with nearly perfect grinds on eBay (like two Union Spikes) and a 6 x 2 x 0.5 inch Dan's hard black Ark from a large online retail knife store. You will spend very little money, every shave will be great, but every shave will be the similar.

If your goal is to learn about and experience lots of different razors and hones, and yack it up with other folks who share your interest, you have come to the right place :).
 
Different strokes.

If your goal is to spend the least amount of money shaving (other than not shaving) over the course of your lifetime, buy two inexpensive, vintage straight razors with nearly perfect grinds on eBay (like two Union Spikes) and a 6 x 2 x 0.5 inch Dan's hard black Ark from a large online retail knife store. You will spend very little money, every shave will be great, but every shave will be the similar.

If your goal is to learn about and experience lots of different razors and hones, and yack it up with other folks who share your interest, you have come to the right place :).
That’s pretty much the exact setup that I have at my holiday house. Two old Bengall rescue razors, a mystery vintage 6x2x0.5 trans ark and an old horse hide strop. It’s pretty much all you will ever need. I had to buy a lot of stuff to figure that out.
 
That’s pretty much the exact setup that I have at my holiday house. Two old Bengall rescue razors, a mystery vintage 6x2x0.5 trans ark and an old horse hide strop. It’s pretty much all you will ever need. I had to buy a lot of stuff to figure that out.
You have to be careful with that type of statement. If my wife reads this I am in big trouble:)
 
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