What's new

Equipment snobs eat your heart out

The sound of the toe of the razor scraping at the edges of his lips... :eek2: The Adze I just got in the mail yesterday is sharper.

 
The sound of the toe of the razor scraping at the edges of his lips... :eek2: The Adze I just got in the mail yesterday is sharper.

I know but if you look at the shave he’s giving that guy and other people (there is a whole YouTube & TikTok channel dedicated to him) it appears that he is giving them a nice clean shave. LOL! How does he do it? Maybe he’s using some shaving voodoo.
 
The sound of the toe of the razor scraping at the edges of his lips... :eek2: The Adze I just got in the mail yesterday is sharper.

 

Legion

Staff member
I'm trying to work out what the stone is. Almost looks like a very well worn Norton fine India pocket stone.

61463691122.jpg
 

duke762

Rose to the occasion
He's obviously making better edges than I did when I was starting out. Stropping on the box is interesting. Grime can be fairly abrasive.....

I really want to know what that stone is. Quartzite maybe? I does also look like a India also.
 
Thanks for the link, very cool catalogue.


My guess for stone was just some local found stone. Appeared in the 600-1.5k grit range like a lot of random sandstones I've seen.
 
Thanks for the link, very cool catalogue.


My guess for stone was just some local found stone. Appeared in the 600-1.5k grit range like a lot of random sandstones I've seen.
This is my go-to resource for old handles, with links to some old catalogs.

I watched another vid of his and he was using the edge of the box.
His sideways honing strokes would help negate the fact that his hone isn't flat.

What are the chances his box is loaded with fine wood ash? Any of you primitive Petes experimented with ash as a stropping compound?
 
My personal benchmark for 'good shave' is a few orders of magnitude higher than 'didn't bleed'.

That video has been around a long while, there are a bunch of similar productions, including one where a smith makes a blade in a rather questionable fashion and then shaves someone with it.
Hard pass on all of it.
There are also videos showing people pouring soda and eggs into a hole and fish jump out of the hole into waiting baskets.
Let's not forget Sharknado while we're here.

Certainly, long ago people didn't have access to things we take for granted today. Synthetic stones weren't readily available until the late 1800s, for example. But people were shaving long before that and they made do with what was available. I had a barber's kit fro the late 1800s and in it was a badly dished Carborundum and a lot of abrasive compounds and a few charged leather strops..
Does that mean honing on a sketchy 500x grit stone in bad condition makes sense?
No, it doesn't, and following that lead because 'it was good enough for so-and-so" would be willful ignorance in action.

Over time, science created advancements in steel quality, and abrasives technology for good reason. Becoming aware of and subsequently learning how to apply the laws of physics to maximize the new tech's potential enhances those advantages.

Availing one's self of those advancements isn't snobbery, it's using progress advantageously.
We all know that a $500 customer 10/8 razor and a $2k worth of hones isn't necessary, but if someone has those things, good for them. FWIW, I'd rather shave with that gear than a Pakistani razor sharpened on a brick.
 
Top Bottom