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What did you hone today?

I do not like this razor, and so I have relegated it to being my test razor. If I get a very nice edge, and a great shave…I know I am onto something!

So I broke it out tonight to re-finish it on the newly arrived Brick.

The Brick is a harder Kiita, apparently a pretty fast cutter, and it is extremely fine. The initial impression is very good, and I will refinish a razor that I really like on Sunday to give it another whirl.

I used a plate to generate the initial slurry.
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Darkened slurry.
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I did another slurry, and finished with 20 very light laps under just water.

The bevel near the edge which was initially cloudy, was a crisp mirror after the water only laps, and the HHT was a breeze.

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The resultant shave was great, and I am very pleased with The Brick!

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Matt
You hound dog! Great work Matt!
 
A kind of experimentation shortcut. I honed my newly restored SK3 with minimal progression. In fact the core hone was made on the va very big Aoto awesado (the left one). The Aoto Tamba (in the midle) was used for setting the bevel only. While the Misu Asagi (the right one) was just for the final perfection touch. I could have introduced some naguras to extend the progression but I intentionally wanted to see if that might be sufficient. Today shaving proved success.
 
This dark gray smoky Shobudani JNAT arrived the same day as the Brick Kiita, so I had not had a chance to fool with it.

I figured I would today, and I have to be honest…this is a fabulous rock! It is hard, silky smooth/fine, has that beautiful ring, and that certain je ne sais quoi!

I took The Bull to it, and the HHT was exactly what one would hope for in all their edges!

I am putting this in line over the Shavesmith I sharpened last night. I am a bit excited for the next shave, because i REALLY want to try this edge!

Vr

Matt
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I might be dialing into a three stone (Ozuku Nagura included) system here!

Brick Kiita to get everything just about perfect, and the Shobudani w/Ozuku Tomo to take it home!

The HHT on this Thiers Issard was screaming…just like yesterday’s with The Bull razor. I will do the shave test tomorrow evening.

Vr

Matt

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I might be dialing into a three stone (Ozuku Nagura included) system here!

Brick Kiita to get everything just about perfect, and the Shobudani w/Ozuku Tomo to take it home!

The HHT on this Thiers Issard was screaming…just like yesterday’s with The Bull razor. I will do the shave test tomorrow evening.

Vr

Matt

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You are the man! I’m loving my Diamond paste edges my friend. Super fun!
 
Some work on an old Sab that belonged to my wife's grandmother this evening. And it was a reminder about the differences between this kind of soft old steel, and the Hitatchi steels I normally sharpen and use...

The majority was thinning, done on the stone on the right, one of the world's greatest (the greatest?) whetstones - Norton SiC Coarse and Fine KS100.

After that I moved to the Cretan stone next to it, which is almost too fast and aggressive for steels like this. I think probably something to do with the size of the carbides, but it's very difficult to work it finely. Washitas are the same.

I then tried to refine it out on a small TO'S and 'The Celebrated Tam O'Shanter Honing Rod'. People call this technique a 'hybrid edge' - a big grit jump to put on a fine finish while trying to maintain the teeth of a coarse stone. It can work very well on posher Japanese steels... but didn't here.

The final stone (on the left) is an Idwal, which has left the edge in very good shape, without at any point actually raising a burr.

This was a slightly peculiar sharpening experience, but long story short - I either needed an extra step or two between the Norton and the Cretan, or just to finish it at a lower grit altogether. TBH there's not a massive amount of point in taking this kind of thing much past 1000 anyway, and I'll remember that in the future!

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This 150mm Ishizuchi is the only new knife, of any quality, where I've put the road / main bevel on a stone and found it to be completely perfect, with no low spots or inconsistencies whatsoever. I was amazed. To celebrate it's getting a full progression later; King 800, King 1200, Tanaka Aoto, Hon-Iyo, Maruoyama Shiro Suita, and then an edge from my new coti up top.

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It also has a *sweet* rh grind. I might keep this one for me tbh!

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