06-25-2014, 10:41 PM
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A rather interesting video showing making and shaving with obsidian flakes.



"I don't advice you to try this without a good deal of prior experience... and lots of band-aids."

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 06-26-2014, 01:46 AM
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  • ben74
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Great video Hans.

I'm fresh out of obsidian, perhaps I could try...

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 06-26-2014, 04:11 AM
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  • Mouser
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Ugh! my birth year razor! a Fat Homo Erectus.

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 06-26-2014, 05:14 AM
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Hmm. I wonder what the Indians used as styptic pencils?

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 06-27-2014, 09:25 AM
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While I have happily embraced shaving with a straight and love the connection to the past, there is a limit to how far back I am willing to go. I love shaving as my grandfather did, as his father before him did, and his father before him.

I however don't want to shave as people did before they could forget metals. Good freaking heavens, I have no desire to shave with a stone, poop in a hole in the ground, bathe once a year, or live in a house with a thatch roof. There are just some things best left in the past.

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 06-27-2014, 11:00 AM
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Actually obsidian is so sharp it's being used for critical operations where steel blades simply don't cut cleanly enough. Obsidian and flint are sharp at the molecular scale.

Don't misconstrue that as me meaning that I'll be looking for an obsidian razor any time soon. Biggrin

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 06-27-2014, 11:03 AM
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Brian, yup, I am sorry if I implied obsidian isn't sharp. It certainly is, but that in no way means that I wish to use it to shave with. Sharpness isn't the issue with obsidian IMO, unforgiving, less than perfect shapes etc are all issues. I'd not shave with a bronze age razor either. Not to say they can't do an excellent job, but I am only willing to go back so far in time.

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 06-27-2014, 02:14 PM
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Doug, I guess you don't do much camping in the backcountry, then. Biggrin

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 06-27-2014, 04:50 PM
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  • Stubbl E
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Don't shave stoned Dude. Cool

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 06-27-2014, 08:09 PM
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great video. never knew obsidian would be so sharp.

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 08-13-2014, 11:50 PM
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That is pretty neat. I don't have the patience for that though!

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 08-14-2014, 10:28 AM
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Maybe we need to make a category on the forum for obsidian stone shavers. We could increase our membership by at least one.

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 08-14-2014, 11:19 AM
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  • freddy
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I believe I saw this video once before. The pleasure is all his, though it was fascinating to watch.

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 08-14-2014, 03:08 PM
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  • Mel S Meles
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(08-14-2014, 10:28 AM)DoctorShaveGood Wrote: Maybe we need to make a category on the forum for obsidian stone shavers. We could increase our membership by at least one.
Heck, I get stoned every morning without obsidian.

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 08-14-2014, 11:27 PM
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I would love to own a straight razor made from this material.




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 08-15-2014, 06:35 PM
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Hey Jamie, good video. I have a Kyocera butcher knife. I cook a lot and this knife went dull at about 3 months. I sent it off to the Kyocera sharpening dept. to be resharpened on their diamond wheel. Just paid for shipping. It lasted for one year. Never thought to shave with it.

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 08-16-2014, 11:10 AM
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That video makes me want to buy a kitchen knife!

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 08-16-2014, 11:18 AM
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(08-14-2014, 11:27 PM)Jamie Mahoney Wrote: I would love to own a straight razor made from this material.

Except you couldn't resharpen it yourself and contrary to popular belief, they do dull. Honestly, other than the fact that it's ceramic, there really isn't any advantage over properly heat treated high carbon stainless steel. IMO.

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 08-19-2014, 12:49 PM
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(06-27-2014, 09:25 AM)wingdo Wrote: While I have happily embraced shaving with a straight and love the connection to the past, there is a limit to how far back I am willing to go. I love shaving as my grandfather did, as his father before him did, and his father before him.

I however don't want to shave as people did before they could forget metals. Good freaking heavens, I have no desire to shave with a stone, poop in a hole in the ground, bathe once a year, or live in a house with a thatch roof. There are just some things best left in the past.
Yes. I will pass.
This guy wasn't really happy with it, either.



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