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This is the second straight razor I purchased, a pre-1870 Wade and Butcher. I have now had this one longest, since I didn’t care for the first one I purchased.

The blade had to have been reground, because the bevel near the edge is very thin and it’s quite perfect. Plus…check out the grind!

I honed it this afternoon using a full Nagura progression to a Nakayama Tomo on this no name no pedigree JNAT. The base hone was an amazing purchase off of eBay, and I really enjoy it!

I was also very pleased with the HHT, and am using this razor next!

Vr

Matt
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I was looking around in my straight razor drawer, and this shortened and beat up 1st GEN Especial caught my eye! It’s had a rough life, but it takes a SCREAMING edge, and it is a phenomenal shaver! I will use use it after the WB above!

Vr

Matt
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Forgive a very uneducated q. from someone who doesn't know much about nagura... what's the difference between the yellow and the white Asano? Or are the yellow ones something else?

(Apart from colour! ;))
 
Forgive a very uneducated q. from someone who doesn't know much about nagura... what's the difference between the yellow and the white Asano? Or are the yellow ones something else?

(Apart from colour! ;))

Not at all…I am full of questions…there is no difference, except the yellow ones have been sealed with cashew lacquer. The lacquer helps to protect them.

Vr

Matt
 
Another trip with this one to a couple of Arkansas stones intended for the German market and used with a light machine oil. Feel on the black translucent lapped to P1500 was out of this world, didn't feel a thing apart from suction. Resulting shave this afternoon was very smooth, laying low three days' growth. Again, didn't feel a thing, both during the shave and afterwards. (BTW, the scratches towards the toe as shown in the image were introduced by a previous owner, a medical doctor, not by me. Always fun dealing with their lingering presence which leads to micro-chipping. A good excuse to haul out the stones, or shake things up, from time to time!)

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I may not know much…but I know when to be excited from an HHT!

The younger brick brother with actual Tomo Nagura from the corner that broke off somewhere along the way! The cracks are completely non-toxic, so I didn’t worry about avoiding them.

I re-did the finish on this Wacker OS…
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Initial slurry before honing:

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Initial Slurry after working it for a few minutes:
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Second slurry…very very light:
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Final finishing with just a whisp and water:
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HHT:
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I might have to shave after the first wave of kids go to bed!

Vr

Matt
 
First edge from a new ark that I’ve been prepping. This is a 6x2x1/2” budget stone that I took a shot on for a compact SR travel kit that I’m putting together. The more I clean it up, the more I’m starting to think that it’s a diamond in the rough.

The fist edge is sharp AF. I’m sure that they will only get better as the surface beds in.

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First edge from a new ark that I’ve been prepping. This is a 6x2x1/2” budget stone that I took a shot on for a compact SR travel kit that I’m putting together. The more I clean it up, the more I’m starting to think that it’s a diamond in the rough.

The fist edge is sharp AF. I’m sure that they will only get better as the surface beds.

I love using my ark to finish my knives as well. Whenever I break out my ark I will touch up my knife before cleaning off the stone
 
So I received this stone and tomo yesterday, and I wanted to run a very special razor through a full progression on it. It was fantastic…very easy to lose oneself in the process!

Then I picked the finest hair I could find of the brush, and the HHT was perfection. I am very grateful to have acquired a stone like this, and look forward to many years of use!

Shave test later this weekend I suspect!

Vr

Matt

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Put another razor over the new mystery ark this evening. The tranny gave a significant boost to the existing Les Lat edge. I find arks to be quite effective on the C135 steel. Also pulled this silicon mat out from under some pots in the kitchen. Seems like a step up from the usual tea towel set up! The stage is set for a good shave tomorrow.

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Put another razor over the new mystery ark this evening. The tranny gave a significant boost to the existing Les Lat edge. I find arks to be quite effective on the C135 steel. Also pulled this silicon mat out from under some pots in the kitchen. Seems like a step up from the usual tea towel set up! The stage is set for a good shave tomorrow.

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I bought a roll of that rubber matting you put in draws. A square foot of that is purpose made to stop hones skating about.

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Also good for grip when removing stubborn lids from jars, and stopping the change sliding around in the cars central console.
 
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