08-18-2014, 11:53 PM
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No wide bevels to be found anywhere thank God. Biggrin

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 08-19-2014, 02:42 AM
  • BobH
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Now that is one I have not seen before. Thanks for posting Jamie. It is amazing what those highly skilled oldtimers can do with a minimum of quality control checks and the Mod 1 Mark 1 eye ball. Quickly at that too.


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 08-19-2014, 03:51 AM
  • Obie
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Thank you for posting the video. I saw it couple years ago, but it is worth seeing again. What a display of mastery in one's craft. And I love the narration — warm voice and well paced delivery.

Viewing such videos is bittersweet, because we realize these master grinders are a vanishing breed. Yet, we also hope that new ones are being trained, and that they have the same dedication to their craft as did the old masters.

Good show, Jamie.

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 08-19-2014, 06:55 AM
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Nice video.
But why would there be wide bevels? They are new razors and full hollows . They wont

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 08-19-2014, 07:15 AM
  • geezer
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Thank you, Jamie!
I had lost the link to that one and appreciate your posting it!

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 08-19-2014, 10:08 AM
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Yes. New razors. Nice thin bevels.

Flash forward several decades to the used razors we deal with today and you have this.
Heavy spine wear and a wide bevel. Doesn't look anything like it did from the factory does it?
The factory geometry is lost considering all the wear.
But has it lost anything?

Let's find out.

Some quick measurements tell me the angle is 15.77 degrees .
Wow. That's probably what it was when it left the factory with a nice full spine with no wear and the blade was full width and had a nice small bevel.
All things considered this should shave the same way it did when it left the factory !

But I'll take it a step further to make it LOOK like it did when it left the factory .
I rubbed a Sharpie over that wide bevel, added 3 layers of tape and went to the stones. A quick pass gave me the factory looking thin bevel that is so highly prized.

But what happened to the angle you should ask now that it has a thin bevel?

Well that angle grew to 24.99 degrees of course. It's now a pocket knife angle even though it looks like it did when it was new. But as I said, before the tape it was a perfect 15.77 degrees for shaving. Even with that wide bevel.

The last photo shows the taped blade and a whisker thin bevel. Really,,, is that the ideal bevel?

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 08-19-2014, 10:49 AM
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That's why I say always use tape ultimately it does make sense,I own many razors all vintage most more than 50 years old some more than 70 years old, all of them honed by me all of them used and regular shavers all of them have small neat uniform bevels just as they did when they left the factory, and when I'm dead sitting in the ground whoever becomes the new owner will say these razors look like they have never been honed, well believe me they all have many times. PS these are a few that I own everyone of these razors have had their bevel set on a 1K Chosera then walked through my progression, and some have gone back for freshening and when I freshen a razor I always go back to a 5K that's just my number where I start with a razor that's seems to be falling off shave wise and finished on a 12K.

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 08-19-2014, 11:36 AM
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Great video!!!!

Can we please keep the bevel discussion in the thread devoted on it? I don't want to see this topic go off track.

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 08-19-2014, 11:41 AM
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Sorry Doug I'm finished with the bevel discussion.

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 08-19-2014, 11:54 AM
  • evnpar
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Thanks for the video, Jamie. I just drooled all over my keyboard while looking at your razors. Damn, I hope that it still works.

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 10-12-2014, 12:40 PM
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I love watching videos of razors being made or restored. Something very meditative about it

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 10-16-2014, 03:28 AM
  • jamesrobson5
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It is really cool to see a craftsman like this at work. Thank you, Jamie.

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 10-16-2014, 05:37 AM
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Echte deutsche Kunstarbeit. Fast ausgestorben...Sad

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