03-21-2015, 08:06 AM
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I have 3 or 4 vintage straight razors. I also have an old barbers two-sided hone. I have tried and tried to put a good edge on the blades but can't do it. I would appreciate some good advice from you guys who are experienced at sharpening.

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 03-21-2015, 08:21 AM
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  • Snuff
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  • Belgium
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You won't be able to do it with only a barber hone. I would advice to ask people near to where you live to help you out with this. I'm sure there are some good honers out there.

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 03-21-2015, 12:30 PM
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  • jtmke
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Send them out to be pro honed. You will  not be sorry. With proper stropping and a barbers home you could shave for a very long time on one honing. 

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 03-21-2015, 05:03 PM
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(03-21-2015, 12:30 PM)jtmke Wrote: Send them out to be pro honed. You will  not be sorry. With proper stropping and a barbers home you could shave for a very long time on one honing. 

Best options if you're on a budget.  Learn to hone using lapping film or send them out to be honed.  Learning to hone your own razors isn't that difficult.  Just takes some dollars, spare time, and desire.

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 03-21-2015, 09:09 PM
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You have quite a few options living in the US, so I would advise sending them, or even just one to get professionally honed as you can feel for yourself what a properly honed straight should be like, then you can tray to replicate that. However, you won't be able to do that with just a barber's hone, I believe. You may need a few different stones as you will need to set the bevel, then to refine the edge to the desired sharpness. Good luck. 

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 03-22-2015, 01:27 AM
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  • BobH
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It really depends on the condition of the edge. If the razor was shave ready and after using it it starts to tug and not perform well a barbers hone can be used to touch up the edge back to shave ready condition. With typical vintage razors that I have bought that have not been used for years the edge usually needs a full bevel reset and honing. That requires a full set of hones from 1k, then 3k, then 8k and 12k as an example. A good way to go if you are just starting to learn how to shave with a straight razor is to send two out to be professionally honed by someone specializing in straight razors. That way you will know what a good edge feels like and have a back up if one gets dull or damaged and you can't bring it back to shave ready with a barbers hone. 

Bob

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 03-22-2015, 03:33 AM
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you need the stones and routine. It will take you some time to get there, and the stones are costly, too.
It may be a case for somebody who has experience doing this

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