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Teaching an old dog new tricks

Yesterday I went to my barber for another haircut. It wasn't really needed but it decided to splurge and pay the P60 (now USD 1.25!). While trimming my silken locks, the barber was commenting on my SR that I let him use on me the last time that he shaved me. He couldn't get over how easy it was to shave with that edge.

My barber shaves about 2 to 4 customers a day now (P60 each). Ever since he last shaved me with my SR, he has been trying to get his (an old Dovo) up to a similar standard. He only has an old barber's stone that he inherited from is barber papa.

I told him about the diamond pasted balsa strops progression and maintenance that I use. He was very interested.

I have decided that over the next couple of days I will make and paste three diamond pasted balsa strops for him. I do not have access to thick acrylic or aluminum, so I will use my usual smooth ceramic tile and PVC structural foam for the substrates. I also have some spare 8mm thick balsa wood lying around.

Once all made, I will lend these to my baber with instructions on how to use them. If it works for him, he can keep them. If not, I'll take them back and give them to Erwin (if Erwin ever progresses to a traditional SR). Erwin is still learning shavette shaving.

The results should be interesting.
 
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Yesterday I went to my barber for another haircut. It wasn't really needed but it decided to splurge and pay the P60 (now USD 1.25!). While trimming my silken locks, the barber was commenting on my SR that I let him use on me the last time that he shaved me. He couldn't get over how easy it was to shave with that edge.

My barber shaves about 2 to 4 customers a day now (P60 each). Ever since he last shaved me with my SR, he has been trying to get his (an old Dovo) up to a similar standard. He only has an old barber's stone that he inherited from is barber papa.

I told him about the diamond pasted balsa strops progression and maintenance that I use. He was very interested.

I have decided that over the next couple of days I will make and paste three diamond pasted balsa strops for him. I do not have access to thick acrylic or aluminum, so I will use my usual smooth ceramic tile and PVC structural foam for the substrates. I also have some spare 8mm thick balsa wood lying around.

Once all made, I will lend these to my baber with instructions on how to use them. If it works for him, he can keep them. If not, I'll take them back and give them to Erwin (if Erwin ever progresses to a traditional SR). Erwin is still learning shavette shaving.

The results should be interesting.
You have a link to this PVC structural foam you're using and the type of adhesive you use? You do know Balsa is constantly moving with humidity and temperature fluctuation correct? That is why you get your swelling,cupping and twisting. Last i checked tile or acrylic and aluminum are very stable unlike Balsa. It is like a honeycomb if you look at it under a microscope, hence why you can cut it with a pocket knife.
I would like to see the tinsel strength and stress test of this PVC foam.
 
You have a link to this PVC structural foam you're using and the type of adhesive you use? You do know Balsa is constantly moving with humidity and temperature fluctuation correct? That is why you get your swelling,cupping and twisting. Last i checked tile or acrylic and aluminum are very stable unlike Balsa. It is like a honeycomb if you look at it under a microscope, hence why you can cut it with a pocket knife.
I would like to see the tinsel strength and stress test of this PVC foam.
Link to glue:

Link to PVC foam:

I am very aware of the properties of balsa wood having designed some highly stressed structures in hostile environments using it.

If you had read and comprehended the instructions on diamond pasted balsa strops, you would understand that the strength of the PVC foam is immaterial.
 
You used Balsa wood for structural? No wonder why the typhoons tear everything up on them islands. Are you in aviation by chance?
 
Link to glue:

Link to PVC foam:

I am very aware of the properties of balsa wood having designed some highly stressed structures in hostile environments using it.

If you had read and comprehended the instructions on diamond pasted balsa strops, you would understand that the strength of the PVC foam is immaterial.
This is the flaw in your whole design. Will it work? Yes for while, even a little longer under a controlled environment but it will eventually fail in time
 
This is the flaw in your whole design. Will it work? Yes for while, even a little longer under a controlled environment but it will eventually fail in time
What is the flaw?

The balsa, glue, tile or foam?
 
What is the flaw?
The tile and foam . i understand the theory in the flat surface. I don't even question the honing progression and very intrigued by it. But that balsa will eventually win out over the foam or the tile, doesn't matter which you adhere it to.
That is why i will glue mine down to something that will stay structurally flat and is stable and can move in unison with the blasa and that is porous enough to hold the bond
 
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You used Balsa wood for structural? No wonder why the typhoons tear everything up on them islands. Are you in aviation by chance?
You will never understand or know what I am in. Let's just say that it is a very specialised feild.
 
The tile and foam . i understand the theory in the flat surface. I don't even question the honing progression and very intrigued by it. But that balsa will eventually win out over the foam or the tile, doesn't matter which you adhere it to.
I agree that eventually the balsa will have to be replaced. That is taken into consideration with using acrylic or aluminum or composite substrates. Read the thread and you will learn. This has been very well covered in the thread. That is why I am tired of discussing it with you.

I am not here to teach someone who doesn't do their study.
 
I agree that eventually the balsa will have to be replaced. That is taken into consideration with using acrylic or aluminum or composite substrates. Read the thread and you will learn. This has been very well covered in the thread. That is why I am tired of discussing it with you.

I am not here to teach someone who doesn't do their study.
Teach? I think you have that backwards to be honest. Let me know if you are willing to put one of your 7days sets up on which last longer. I will go buy a 7day set to prove my point if you like
 
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