Sounds like YMMV and tape thickness can sometimes be an aid to achieving a proper angle. I'll be finding out soon enough... the hard way!
Just over a year ago I purchased two new Dovo razors. As they gold trim I decided to use electrical tape rather than prematurely wearing it off. I guess that I am coming to the end of my third year of honing. I've decided now that my skills are up to doing away with the tape except for cases where it may be needed . . . such as a smiling razor.
The conversion didn't take much. 20 strokes on a 1K followed by my normal pyramid on a Norton 4K / 8K combo followed by some polishing on a Japanese stone that is also supposed to by 8K by which I find finer than the Norton. Some stropping on some Chromium Oxide film. The razor is now popping the hairs on my arm and after some extra stropping I had a great shave.
Would I use tape again? Yes. I feel that the tape actually did protect the spine from extra hone ware while I was developing my skills. Also I openly admit that I am still developing my skills and that my blades are all quite flat and not really what anybody would call a challenge (except for the smiley).
What I can't believe is that there is a thread on using tape while honing that is on its third page without a post from Slash.
cool Doc. I honed up a near wedge a few weeks ago, also with no tape. The bevel is just like that.Yep. Call me a convert. I used to tape them all.
Check out the bevel on this one.
That took some DMT time.
Why? I have already stated my case factually, logically, and eloquently. Those who use tape simply didn't listen and won't listen now. I want EVERYONE to use tape. That way, I will be the only one who knows how to do it right.
I'm so cornfused
So I just took a look at all my razors and regardless if they have a wash or not they all have a bare bevel guide - so what's with the tape method? I can understand wanting to protect the spine proper from errors but proper technique while honing shouldn't wear the wash nor fancy file work other than very minutely? Re: the above razor it looks like it was made wrong to begin with or the owner wanted a very specific angle.
If worried about gold loss just buy a krugerrand and fondle it whenever you want!
Will do that tomorrow.Yup. Lots of rock-rubbing on that wedge. Have you figured out the bevel angle on it?
I actually got it it was pretty flat, maybe even the slightest frown. When I placed it on a straight edge there was a hint of light shining through.Notice how the spine has a smile? The fattest shiny part was the widest point of the spine when new. By looking at the spine I would say this razor should have a nice smile to the bevel which poor honing has long since removed.