They’re indeed good once you get the edge to hit the hone, lol. Not in the same grinding class as a Filly 14 or a MK32/33, but no one can complain for the price they’re selling for.
I've not worked on the 2nd Herder, but the first is sharp now. Quite sharp. It took a ton of work.Jim, I got two of the NOS Herder 49s in bone scales and they were not easy to hone. The ones I had were finished spine off the wheel and reminded me of a not-so-great Gold Dollar. It took me 4 hours to hone both, though admittedly I was going slow as they’re new and you can’t put metal back on. The toes and heels were particularly bad. They both smile a little now. In the end though, they shave really well.
If yours are like mine and you got them shaving, you’re doing well.
I'm not sure. I have the 76 and the 49.Yes and thanks for being it up , Jim. Are the Herders stainless???
Other than the "Constant" (which I assume is marked on the tang) how can one be sure whether a blade is SS or not?No, mine are 49s, carbon steel. The stainless models that you usually see are ‘Constant’. I have a Constant, and it’s the only razor that I’ve never been able to get to take an edge that I like. Maybe missed the heat treat? I bought it NOS so it wasn’t borked by a refinisher, and it’s overground in the middle on one side so you have to use the corner of the hone on that part, but even so it won’t take a very good edge. Probably an isolated case, I looked and no one was complaining about them.
Yep, some razors just almost hone themselves, Filarmonica, pre-war Heljestrand, most Japanese razors.... and they take fine edges without a lot of work. The Tanifuji made Japanese razors are some of my favorites, Cape Swedish Steel (but not the other Capes), Silver Steel, Favorit, all finely made, don’t cost a fortune and easy to find in good shape.
I'm glad you posted. What is the theory behind starting with a 4k and moving back to 1K?Not trying to derail the post but I have the medium fine(6.micron or 4k equivalent ) DMT that works wonders on very hard steels without leaving deep scratches. I would after straightening them out use a chosera 1k and then bring the blade up to wherever I was going.