10-02-2013, 04:42 AM
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Hey so I have some questions about what gear I would need to independently maintain a single straight razor for a lifetime.
I have read around and from what I hear I would need;
-A strop, doublesided with leather and canvas
-Hones, 4k and 8k
-Flattening stone, DMT 325
Is this enough to maintain a single razor by myself and if so, how long would you expect theses components to last before having to be replaced assuming i don't damage them.

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 10-02-2013, 05:22 AM
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Welcome to the forum

If you buy a razor who is in good shape you won't need a DMT unless you damage your razor.

A strop should last you more then 20 years
Don't know how long the 4k and 8k hones will last as I use coticules.

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 10-02-2013, 11:21 AM
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He's looking to use the DMT to flatten the 4k/8k.

Well, this question belongs in the straight razor forum for better responses since it's a straight razor specific question.

But to answer your question, skip all three of those stones. Instead buy a finishing stone. That would be a 12k stone or coticule or J-nat. Doesn't really matter, the finer the particle size, the more strokes you need to do. Lower grit stones are only necessary if you sharpen often or damage your razor.

If for some reason (maybe many years of use), your finishing stone gets dished, you can flatten it with a flattened stone plate and wet-dry sandpaper. Much more cost effective.

But, you do need that strop.

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