05-06-2013, 06:29 PM
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  • MikekiM
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I took the plunge into straights and though the first razor I purchased is cleanly restored it isn't nearly as shave ready as advertised. What a surprise.

There are many options when looking for honing services and just as many concerns. How did you choose someone to hone your razor?


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 05-06-2013, 07:57 PM
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  • MickToley
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(05-06-2013, 06:29 PM)MikekiM Wrote: I took the plunge into straights and though the first razor I purchased is cleanly restored it isn't nearly as shave ready as advertised. What a surprise.

There are many options when looking for honing services and just as many concerns. How did you choose someone to hone your razor?


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I've picked a few from Straight Razor Place, Lynn and Glen (gssixgun). Really great guys to deal with, very reputable, both are moderators at the forum, and Lynn is the owner.

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 05-06-2013, 08:32 PM
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I went with the one guy that I have never heard a bad word against, Larry at Whipped Dog. He has good prices, excellent communication, and does amazing honing work. Why take a chance when there's a guy out there that everyone holds up as a shining example of what a good vendor and honemeister should be? His sight says that he does not hone wedges, but if you email him he will usually work with you.

http://www.whippeddog.com/services/view/honing

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 05-06-2013, 11:23 PM
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I never have had to send mine out since I can keep them going with my barber hone. If I do need their service I'll go with popularity, firstly sixgun, Larry Whippedog and I hear Lee from A Sharper Razor does a pretty bang up job as well. Mycarver also has a good reputation and does outstanding restorations and custom jobs.

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 05-07-2013, 04:01 AM
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I started out buying razors from a couple of well-regarded guys over on B&B. A week later, I started honing my own razors. I really like doing my own stuff.

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 05-07-2013, 04:28 AM
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Mike,
I hone my own razors, as well as do it professionally. Lately I have been honing quite a bit for local folks just starting out with the straight razor. It's a joy to see a razor's edge go from dull to laser sharp.

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 05-07-2013, 08:27 AM
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I started out honing my own, it wasn't the smoothest experience......but eventually you get things figured out.

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 05-07-2013, 12:43 PM
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learning to hone your own razors is an excellent idea, but it is also a good idea to have a baseline to work from. It is a much easier process if you know exactly what a truly shave ready razor feels and looks like.

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 05-07-2013, 04:50 PM
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(05-07-2013, 08:27 AM)oscar11 Wrote: I started out honing my own, it wasn't the smoothest experience......but eventually you get things figured out.

Knowing myself, at some point I will want to learn to do it myself, but not yet. I want to concentrate on learning basic use and upkeep.

(05-07-2013, 12:43 PM)Jabberwock Wrote: learning to hone yur own razors is an excellent idea, but it is also a good idea to have a baseline to work from. It is a much easier process if you know exactly what a truly shave ready razor feels and looks like.

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I agree. Right now I have one straight and one, possibly two on the way. But I need to know what a properly dressed blade will feel like before I attempt to do it myself.

More important, what I have now is several hundred dollars worth of razors, none of which are candidates for experimentation or mistakes.


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 05-07-2013, 06:01 PM
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Glen Mercurio has honed a couple dozen of my straights and restored two large Sheffield wedges for me. Super edges. http://www.gemstarcustoms.com.

Lynn Abrams started the resurgence of straight razor shaving and is also a great honemeister. I bought a basic Dovo from VintageBlades and Lynn honed that one.

If you go to badgerandblade and straightrazorplace, you can find people who will hone for free that are very good. You just pay postage.

mainaman on badgerandblade and straightrazorplace puts on a superb edge with his JNAT's.

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 05-08-2013, 09:29 AM
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I have found this information to be very valuable. Respecting his integrity and professionalism, and being only about a 4-hour drive away from me, I will let Obie hone a couple of razors for me in the near future.

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 05-08-2013, 10:41 AM
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(05-08-2013, 09:29 AM)Johnny Wrote: I have found this information to be very valuable. Respecting his integrity and professionalism, and being only about a 4-hour drive away from me, I will let Obie hone a couple of razors for me in the near future.
Johnny,
Thank you for the kind words, my friend. Yes, of course, I'll be delighted to hone your razors.
Stay well.

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 05-08-2013, 11:39 AM
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  • MikekiM
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Obie won my vote... Great communication, warm and friendly. So far, delivering more than expected. I have one razor on its way cross-country to Obie.


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 05-08-2013, 11:43 AM
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(05-08-2013, 11:39 AM)MikekiM Wrote: Obie won my vote... Great communication, warm and friendly. So far, delivering more than expected. I have one razor on its way cross-country to Obie.


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And thank you, Mike. You are kind, my friend. Yes, I'll look for your blade.
Stay well.

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 05-08-2013, 02:23 PM
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(05-07-2013, 04:28 AM)Obie Wrote: Mike,
I hone my own razors, as well as do it professionally. Lately I have been honing quite a bit for local folks just starting out with the straight razor. It's a joy to see a razor's edge go from dull to laser sharp.

Obie has honed a couple razors for me and did a great job. He's currently got two more of mine.

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 10-24-2013, 11:21 AM
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You do not choose a honemeister. A honemeister chooses you.

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 10-27-2013, 03:04 AM
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(10-24-2013, 11:21 AM)TomBrooklyn Wrote: You do not choose a honemeister. A honemeister chooses you.

Think about the weird look one would have gotten 100 years ago had he walked to a barber and said such a line...

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 10-27-2013, 03:30 AM
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Well, Bruno (leon from vintgescent) hones my razors when needed. He does a good job, and is also advantageous for me for geographical reasons....

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 10-27-2013, 10:04 AM
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(10-27-2013, 03:30 AM)oversaturn Wrote: Well, Bruno (leon from vintgescent) hones my razors when needed. He does a good job, and is also advantageous for me for geographical reasons....

+1
Bruno takes great care of my razors as well.

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 10-29-2013, 02:22 AM
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  • MikekiM
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I see this thread has resurfaced... I continue to work with Obie on those blades I don't wish to tackle myself..

He is awesome to work with and a good friend..!

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