02-26-2016, 04:20 PM
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  • Dripp
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I've always had an issue cutting my ear with pointed straights. It seems that shaving with a straight at 4:30 in the morning, or frankly any time of the day I just can't stay super focused so as not to cut myself, mostly my ear. So I've sold most of my pointed straights, but it seems that the Henckel Friodurs are not going for much so maybe I should just round the point? If so, how should I do that without having to set the bezel again? It also seems that I'm not so great at that considering I've had a repaired Wacker mod 2 that I just can't seem to get an edge on. Thanks

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 02-26-2016, 04:51 PM
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  • evnpar
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(02-26-2016, 04:20 PM)Dripp Wrote: I've always had an issue cutting my ear with pointed straights. It seems that shaving with a straight at 4:30 in the morning, or frankly any time of the day I just can't stay super focused so as not to cut myself, mostly my ear. So I've sold most of my pointed straights, but it seems that the Henckel Friodurs are not going for much so maybe I should just round the point? If so, how should I do that without having to set the bezel again? It also seems that I'm not so great at that considering I've had a repaired Wacker mod 2 that I just can't seem to get an edge on. Thanks

You can very lightly run the tip of a sharp pointed razor over a polishing stone to dull it slightly. You could also send it to a honemeister who could actually round the tip for you. If that's an issue, I probably would purchase a razor that didn't have a rounded point. Regardless of the point, if you can't pay attention while using a straight at 4:30 AM, start shaving before bed instead, or use an SE or DE on those mornings.

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 02-26-2016, 05:05 PM
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I have a rotation of about 10 straights that I use, and this is the only point I have. And no way I can shave at night, I love the smoothness of a morning straight shave. Suppose I should just sell it on.

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 02-26-2016, 05:29 PM
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The next time it comes up for use, run the point on the mirror before your first pass - you'll be all set.

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 02-27-2016, 11:38 AM
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Could you just make a horizontal pass torward or away from the ear?

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 02-27-2016, 02:11 PM
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It only takes the slightest roundover motion with a stone to mute the point. The finished product can be nearly undetectable to the naked eye and still serve the purpose. Just be aware that steel will be removed much more quickly down near the edge that further up the hollow.

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 02-28-2016, 04:27 AM
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I would suggest taking a look at your technique before dulling the point of the blade. When used correctly a nice sharp point like that can be a huge help. Edging and detail work is much easier with a square point vs a round.

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 02-29-2016, 03:04 PM
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Just round it on your hone. I have found nothing a spike point can do that a round point won't except stick you with the point

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 02-29-2016, 05:04 PM
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Hhhmmmm. I tried that a while ago yet I still seem to get myself with the point. I'll give it another go.

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 03-02-2016, 04:04 AM
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Just mute the point of the razor by bread knifing it across a 1000k stone lightly and I mean lightly then retouch the edge by going a few strokes on the 8000k-12000k-or natural whatever your honing technique is. 

I had to mute a tip of a square point Revisor because I dropped it in the sink and damaged the point.  Made me sick but muting worked out great.  Good luck.

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 03-02-2016, 04:44 AM
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I briefly considered muting the point on my first square tip as I cut myself a few times and did not care for it much but I was bound and determined to learn not to do it so chose not to and low and behold I actually prefer a square tip and over half what I own are square tips

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 03-02-2016, 01:56 PM
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Like some have posted if you can get through it by continued shaving a nice point is great for single hair plucking.  But if you just have too many slip ups and find it more trouble than learning simply mute it and round it slightly.  I like a point on some razors that I use as detail razors for final hair plucking/shaving.

But the best of luck and that is the great thing about shaving with straights.............they come in quite a few arrangements as far as the toe is concerned and to fit the bill for all.

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 03-03-2016, 11:57 AM
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My own method for slightly rounding off a spike point, I use a small diamond plate using a few very light curved strokes outward and upwards towards the spine, nearly all Japanese square points are naturally muted including all square nosed Filarmonica's they still offer you the same precise ability to target individual hairs without the danger of cutting yourself the way a spike point doesn't.
These are a few of my razors everyone of these razors as a naturally mute point in other words made that way, this is my own personal opinion I think a spike point is poor from a design point and will offer you nothing a muted square nose couldn't I've owned spike points that were downright dangerous to use, same applies to a lot of custom razors with a squared off spiked heel it doesn't work.


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 03-03-2016, 05:09 PM
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What a collection!!

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