I have some questions regarding straight razor care and maintenance: 1) I was watching the 30th Anniversary Shave on youtube and tried using alum on the fingers for more grip while stretching, and it works very well. My question is since it's a salt which ultimately comes in contact with the tang, I'm reluctant to get water there to rinse out in fear the water (and alum) will get into the pivot pin. 2) I'm guessing the alum would have to be rinsed off of any contact area 3) Lynn Abrams mentions (as I recall) that getting water into the pivot pin is the kiss of death for a razor. I find soap manages to find it's way in there from time to time and wonder if rinsing there is out of the question. Then the thought of alum in there... 4) Is it really that bad (and uncommon for an experienced shaver) for a razor to get water in the pivot pin on occasion? What's the best way to treat this? Am I making too much of this? Thanks!