I have about the same reason as you for wanting to try this out. It may be a good economical way for some to try out traditional SR shaving without having to find a suitable honemeister or learn how to hone before SR shaving.I look forward to your comparison. I'm watching this with interest. Not because I'll become a convert to the Titan method... but I may recommend it to friends who want to get in cheap (I only have so many razors to give away)
No, the grind of the Brent Berekley Signature razor ($90) reminds me much more of a rebadged Gold Dollar, possibly one of their W series.I've just realized that my Brent Berekley SR is a Titan in disguise as this supplier re-markets existing products and badges them. (Take a look) -In fact the same leather/denim strop is also listed on their website. -If I had known this I could have saved £s' and purched off Aliexpress
I was also surprised that by using only the supplied gear, a good to very good shave-ready edge could be produced from this blade's factory edge.I think this is a fantastic experiment and I was really surprised that it gave a shave-ready edge. Sure, it took 800 laps, but I routinely do 50-60 laps on leather before each shave without blinking, so a one-time 800 lap session to start out isn't so crazy. That's a small price to pay for what looks like a fairly foolproof honing method for a beginner.
Try it and see what you find. With no proof, I would say that it may or may not improve it a bit. It would depend on the steel of the SR. There is still the well known problem of wasted edges generated and/or maintained on a pasted hanging strop will eventually convex the bevel enough to where the blade needs a refresh honing.I'd be curious to know whether the Cerium Oxide stropping would improve an already shave-ready razor, say coming off of 1um film or the equivalent.
In my opinion the only thing you do is to increase the comfort, at the expense of the sharpness. According to a blog i am not allowed to reference to, the bevel angle behind the apex can change as much as 8 deg from pasted stropping over time. On a hard backed surface or balsa you are looking at 2-4 deg change.I'd be curious to know whether the Cerium Oxide stropping would improve an already shave-ready razor, say coming off of 1um film or the equivalent.
I agree with you that it is generally a balancing act between comfort and sharpness. Each person, over time, needs to find that balance that best suits him or her and their shaving technique. My technique has developed such that I much prefer a keen edge over a more comfortable edge.In my opinion the only thing you do is to increase the comfort, at the expense of the sharpness. ....
I understand. It was not my intention to derail the thread. At some point the edge will platau. For someone with a light beard growth that might be a really nice edge, and an easy way to maintain it, for a long time.I agree with you that it is generally a balancing act between comfort and sharpness. Each person, over time, needs to find that balance that best suits him or her and their shaving technique. My technique has developed such that I much prefer a keen edge over a more comfortable edge.
As I have previously stated in this thread, stropping on a pasted hanging strop will eventually tend to round the edge such that the edge will need refreshing on a solid honing surface.
The purpose of the assessment in this thread was to only determine if just using the gear supplied in the kit would be sufficient for a beginner to put a reasonably good shave-ready edge on the SR from the factory supplied edge. I have satisfied myself that indeed this can be done.
Is that what that stuff is. I have a Titan that I never use and it came with that kit you list. I presumed the paste was garbage so never used it although I still have it. It's like a small rectangle of dodgy looking chocolate. My Titan is a VG-10HZ but it was a lot more than $22, at least 3 times that if I remember correctly.and a 4g block of rare-earth cerium stropping paste.
FeOx is 0.1Um or about 200k grit, CrOx is about 0.5Um or 60k. I realize this looks weird mathematically but it's info I've taken from various sources over the years and, while I think the FeOx is right, I've heard there are several versions of CrOx and that is a rabbit hole I'm not willing to go down.I am not saying that CeOx paste is any better or worse than FeOx or CrOx pastes as I have no experience with either.