Goose Poop Connoisseur
Has always felt comfortable to me.
I think this is born out by the experience of others not using balsa. My experience with lapping film is that 1u and .5 are nice smooth edges. Once I go down to .3u film the edges, while certainly not sour aren’t as sweet as the 1u and .5u. Once I backed down to .1 balsa the shave smoothed out.It is sort of a sweet spot, I think. From .5u to .25u seem to be a sour spot somehow. Takes extra effort to make that level of edge shave comfortably. Then at .1u it just seems to smooth out, even with no "tricks" to make it feel smooth. It just is.
I've been using the same edge since I started and am getting curious about what actions produce what results. Today I did three or four hundred laps on a .1u balsa. Tomorrow, I'll see what "over honing" does. Just simple things like that. I did about an hour on a cnat and result was meh. Will do the 12K Nani next. I believe I'm spoiled already though. When I get a less than great edge, I need to have some reference points to have an idea of where I might have gone wrong.Sure, you will notice the difference, but you can indeed shave with a good Method edge, without benefit of stropping on hanging leather. It is just better to go ahead and strop.
HAHA Okay we are kind of making this up as we go. The basic idea is to have a complete method that is very inexpensive and relatively simple, that a beginner can use to very early in the process, begin turning out better than typical professional edges on his razors. So basically The Method is setting the bevel using the burr method (straightforward, minimal subjectivity, no experience required) on either film or sandpaper glued to a plate or a bevel setting stone, then midrange work on lapping film, then finishing on pasted balsa. I recommend that you begin this way. However, once you are getting amazing edges, you should of course feel free to venture off wherever your curiosity takes you. If you can't make a particular thing work, you can always revert back to Method honing. The thing is, The Method gives you a cheap way to make an edge that is consistent and requires no great amount of guesswork. It just works. And it just works pretty darn good. There are other ways to get an edge. This way is hard to beat, yeah, but you might find another that you feel is more enjoyable.This is one of those questions where the answer may not impact anything in the real world, but I've still got to ask.
What "officially" constitutes "The Method"? From my observation watching as it has evolved, it would seem to include sharpening using film and finishing and maintaining with pasted balsa.
So, if one sharpens with film, but finishes with stones, does that fall within the parameters of The Method? Or, if one sharpens with stones but finishes and/or maintains with pasted balsa, are they following The Method?
I don't ask to start a debate or draw lines between people on this forum. I think my motivation is to know if I personally am or am not following the method so that I don't inadvertently mislead anyone when I discuss my experience and or chosen methodology.