There are several schools of thought on this. One is the (to me, but I might have too much misplaced faith in my fellow shavers!) ridiculous presumption that a newbie will for some reason bear down on the spine and wear the spine of the razor down to cardboard thin while setting the first bevel. This to me is utter balderdash. I had originally wrote another word that starts with a B but remembered that it would be redacted by the forum software. Anyway it is felt by many that a newbie simply cannot help himself and will ruin a razor unless he tapes the spine before touching it to stone. I am sure that there are some examples of this being the reality, but in general all a beginner must do is to balance the pressure between spine and edge, remembering that the goal is to hone the edge and the spine is just the honing angle gauge.I see various videos where people hone a razor with the spine directly against the stone. What seems like an obvious issue is wear on the spine. I see there are some who hone with tape on the spine - is that to change the angle or to protect the spine?
True. But why would you sell a nice razor? I don't get it.One thought. If you plan to sell a nice razor someday and get a good price back out of it. The first thing a buyer will throw at you is the spine wear.
Off topic. When i wash my car my wife says i just make room for new dirtI will pay extra for a beautiful razor, but heathen that I am I will then proceed to use it as a tool. Good-bye gold wash on the spine, I'm making tomorrow's ebay horrors today.
Every new car I've ever had I washed and waxed and babied for about a year, then proceeded to Just Drive It and honestly, a nice car well-used is more satisfying to me than riding around in a spotless parade float.
I am definitely not concerned with spine ware. Most of my razors are super old like diptoe and stubtail and wedges and I only do light restorations using the spine as is no regrinding. Now I use tape because these are thick heavy razors with wonky spines and it helps keep the bevel inline and not huge most of the time. I have bought one or two over the years that were not that old and even though they were nice razors I decided to sell and use the money toward the ones I really like. First thing the buyers throw at me is the smallest unseeable bit of spineware.True. But why would you sell a nice razor? I don't get it.
Me, if I was buying, I would request the measurements, and if I like them then I honestly don't much care about the cosmetics. I don't pay extra for a beautiful hammer. I don't pay extra for a beautiful razor. Well, usually not, anyway. And I don't value a razor or any other tool less because it appears to have been used.
For an initial bevel set on a new razor I never use tape. I want to make sure that the geometry is good on both the spine and the bevel first. After that, I will use tape on a razor with nice engraving or gold plating. Any other razor I generally do not.
There seem to be lots of arguments about this subject and strong feelings on both sides. I think it's mostly academic, as there are relatively few fellows here who will wear out even a single razor or even hone enough on one single razor to make any significant difference in the included angle even if they used tape every time.
For me this is a simple subject. For an initial bevel set on a new razor I never use tape. I want to make sure that the geometry is good on both the spine and the bevel first. After that, I will use tape on a razor with nice engraving or gold plating. Any other razor I generally do not.