05-09-2013, 08:38 AM
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  • geezer
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  • Menomonie, Western WI
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Western Wisconsin Hands on Training, Near EauCLaire
A nice afternoon spent as a mentor.
Yesterday I received a call in the morning from Dan Byerly. Dan is a mature student at the university here. He has straight razor shaved for more than three years and wanted to get together to talk razors. Great idea!

He arrived at my place and waited for me to get back from the dump where about 6 cubic yards of my storm downed branches went.
Dan brought along about ten razors he had found and honed. He also brought a couple barber hones and gave his opinion of them. He was correct. He also told me of his self taught honing routine. I saw nothing wrong with it at all and listened for tips I might use. When a man is happy shaving with razors he has honed, he needs no shaving or honing lessons. He also brought me a gift of a Hjelstrand razor box!

We talked about razors in general and re-scaling while enjoying some espresso. I asked if he had a couple hours available and he said yes. We went into the basement and he selected some material I had that is very much like the Vulcanite / hard rubber but is acrylic. We found a Hjelstrand frameback blade in fair shape and set a preliminary bevel on it. From there we ( mainly Dan ) flattened the scale blanks, taped them together and cut them out on the bandsaw after drawing the outlines. Dan contoured the scales on the one inch belt sander and finished by wet sanding them
He domed a rivet head one on one end of a couple brass pins and I showed him how to add the washers to the pin. I showed the assembly and started the second pinning and he took over and finished the pinning of both ends and finished contouring the wedge end.

A bit of wet sanding again at 1200 and a bit of polish and the razor is ready to hone and then re-peen and refine the pins after they loosen a bit from bevel setting.
The time was about two hours or so broken up by a neighbor coming to use a tool. "Good neighbors deserve use of tools!"
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All in all a great day for me, and Dan left smiling, to study for his college finals.
~Richard

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 05-09-2013, 08:59 AM
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I love this kind of story. Learning and mentoring, a couple of the true joys of life.

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 05-09-2013, 09:23 AM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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What a great way to spend the day. Pretty impressive that a young college student would have that kind of experience with a straight razor. Not just the shaving, but the honing and scale replacement.

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 05-09-2013, 10:59 AM
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Well done, Richard!

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 05-09-2013, 11:56 AM
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  • OldDog23
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great post, Richard ! a day well-spent !

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 05-09-2013, 01:36 PM
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  • mikeperry
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Hi Richard

Thank you for sharing Smile

I'd love to spend a day or two or three... like that, learning about straight razors first-hand...

Take care, Mike

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 05-10-2013, 08:22 AM
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Fantastic!

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 05-10-2013, 06:21 PM
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  • geezer
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Hey guys, you can do it too! Just place a thread here and offer the service to persons in your area. Simple and fun. I found myself a Mentor on another forum and it is a real gift to see someone come in with or without any tools and leave with a smile and I learn a lot from the guys that do come.
How long did it take you to make a good lather and what to do when it wasn't. How do you shave problem areas. How do you maintain your equipment. Do you pass forward some of your stash..good way to do it. How do you hone and strop?
Maybe...A "Local Clinic Person" or even, Heaven forfend.."Hands on Training" or some such title on this forum might be started. Who does what to whom, when and where!?? It helps to keep the faith when no one can meet as a group in an area. I am retired so it is easier for me. I would think that one day a month with one other or a couple other guys would be fun. Send Ma to see the cousins and have a good day?!?!?

~Richard

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 09-17-2014, 10:12 AM
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Very nice and inspiring post!

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 09-17-2014, 06:10 PM
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I like it.

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 09-19-2014, 05:00 PM
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  • geezer
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Thanks to your replies, there is now a tutoring mentoring thread for those who wish to be of service. Read the first and second post well.
Only post if you wish to be of service to folks near to you.
Tutoring / Mentoring Thread

All help requests by PM when someone near you posts as tutor.
Thanks guys, lets make it work to everybody's advantage!
~Richard

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 09-19-2014, 06:46 PM
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  • evnpar
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I wish it weren't such a long drive from Oregon to Wisconsin. I could learn how to make scales, talk about razors, and stop by for coffee with Johnny on the way home. You guys are great.

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 09-20-2014, 01:10 PM
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(09-19-2014, 06:46 PM)evnpar Wrote: I wish it weren't such a long drive from Oregon to Wisconsin. I could learn how to make scales, talk about razors, and stop by for coffee with Johnny on the way home. You guys are great.

+1 Even a tad longer from Vancouver! Biggrin

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 03-22-2016, 09:44 AM
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  • Slawman
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  • St. Joseph, Illinois
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I would love to get together with anyone interested in Straight razors & shaving with them. I have got where I can hone & strop pretty good & do the "Metal" work but I want to learn about scale making & all that. Not that I am near  "PRO'S" here & SRP. So I want to learn & teach. I like to experiment with all type of sharpening & honing & had some success & non success's . PM me here. I live between Champaign-Urbana Illinois & Danville IL. Lets do coffee!

             Dave"Slawman"Huffman

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