Can you use razor technique to keep the stone flat?

Discussion in 'Hones/Honing' started by kohalajohn, Dec 5, 2018.

    I notice that with a thin stone, about 2.5 inches wide, I can cover it pretty well with the razor.

    Is there a honing technique that reduces or eliminates dishing?
  1. I don`t know a specific technique, i like rotate the stone after aprox10 passes. Maybe better use all the surface of the stone.
  2. Yeah, rotating the stone would help. And deliberately covering all of the stone, going out over the corners.

    Most of us use the x stroke, and while this covers the razor well, I think it focuses more wear in the middle, causing dishing. Lapping will fix it, but dishing is still annoying as sometimes you're not aware of it right away.

    I did a full progression from bevel setting, and only later found my bevel setter was dished. I had to redo the whole thing from scratch.
  3. This things happens :001_rolle
  4. If you use the same stone from bevel setting up to prefinishing/finishing, stone flatness matters a little less. The razor would be fitted to the stone instead of a perfectly flat "ideal" (which is only achieved until the razor hits the stone). It's no coincidence that the old stones we buy are often dished, they still worked!

    If I bought another vintage coticule that was dished, I might leave it dished and just use it as a finisher.

    But yeah, doing circles at the ends also helps keep the wear even.
  5. If you don't rotate the stone, with razor use they will usually wear in a sort of twisted/helical shape due to the sort of rolling/x strokes that most use when honing a razor. If you rotate the stone you will get more of an even cupped dish. Either way, the stone will not remain flat. You can keep it flatter, for longer, by trying to concentrate a little more of your honing to parts of the stone that are usually high with normal wear (i.e. the ends). Regardless, if you don't do all your work on one stone, it's best to periodically flatten.
  6. There is one trick to give yourself feedback while honing. With a freshly lapped stone coat the whole stone corner to corner, end to end with a penciled grit pattern, and then proceed to hone your razor. Right away you see a record of your strokes actual contact points of the razor using your normal honing stroke by the missing pencil grid.

    If the corner grids are not removed with your stoke or the middle grid is removed first thing but not the ends then you can upgrade your stroke to hit every part of the stone as a routine.


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