08-01-2012, 08:12 PM
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OK, I'm going to be as upfront as I can possibly be. I'm absolutely ignorant about straights and the section of straight blade that the Rolls Razor uses. Generally I'm a SE or DE gent.

I recently acquired a cherry RR set, but I haven't received it yet.

Thanks to Yohann I know it will need honing before I use it. OK, I don't think I want to get all of the stones and such that I need to hone the blade at this time... Small steps.

Can someone recommend someone who would hone the blade for me? I'm not looking for a freebee, I know it will cost $. But I am looking for someone who knows how to do it.

TIA

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 08-01-2012, 08:17 PM
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I need to know this too. I have a decent Rolls sitting tucked away as I couldn't get a good edge on it. I'd love to use it eventually. Thanks for asking this Brian. I kept forgetting to.

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 08-01-2012, 08:25 PM
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Brian, I have always stated that I don't trust myself with a straight against my neck if I'm holding it (basically). This is about as close as I dare to get. And the Rolls Razor sets are just too cool!

I also PMed Yohann to find out where the RR #4 installment is that was mentioned in #3. I really liked reading them, and it spurred my interest in the RR again since I had information to work with.

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 08-02-2012, 02:47 AM
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I just PM'd Brian SD about this, but for the general public -

The only pro that I know has experience honing Rolls blades is Jose (Ambrose on B&B). I don't know if he still hones them, but he used to do it a few years ago.

It's actually more of a pain to hone a Rolls blade than it is to hone a regular straight, so some of the pros won't tackle it.

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 08-02-2012, 07:50 AM
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(08-02-2012, 02:47 AM)yohannrjm Wrote: I just PM'd Brian SD about this, but for the general public -

The only pro that I know has experience honing Rolls blades is Jose (Ambrose on B&B). I don't know if he still hones them, but he used to do it a few years ago.

It's actually more of a pain to hone a Rolls blade than it is to hone a regular straight, so some of the pros won't tackle it.

It actually takes the same exact amount of time. The annoying part is flipping the tiny little blade.

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 08-02-2012, 09:35 AM
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Yup, thanks Gents! I should be all set!

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 08-02-2012, 06:34 PM
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Brian- If I need to ship it to the honemeister first, lemme know!

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 08-02-2012, 08:31 PM
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No, ship it to me first.

Thanks!

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 08-03-2012, 07:46 PM
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I just hone it using the composite hone stone in the razor case and strop with the strop in the case. You roll it back and forth. Add a little water to the hone.

You have have to do a lot of laps at first.

You can take the hone out of the case lid and add water and hone in circles on both sides of the blade after you've taken it out of the guard to hone, if you like and to get a better edge faster.

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 08-03-2012, 08:39 PM
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You gents sure are dedicated to your razors to go through this all. Good luck with the process and enjoy the shaves.

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 08-03-2012, 08:45 PM
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(08-03-2012, 08:39 PM)celestino Wrote: You gents sure are dedicated to your razors to go through this all. Good luck with the process and enjoy the shaves.

Well, it is less waste and is cheaper.

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 08-03-2012, 09:45 PM
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(08-03-2012, 08:45 PM)asharperrazor Wrote:
(08-03-2012, 08:39 PM)celestino Wrote: You gents sure are dedicated to your razors to go through this all. Good luck with the process and enjoy the shaves.

Well, it is less waste and is cheaper.

*That definitely is true and i admire your dedication.

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 08-03-2012, 10:48 PM
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(08-01-2012, 08:12 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: Can someone recommend someone who would hone the blade for me? I'm not looking for a freebee, I know it will cost $. But I am looking for someone who knows how to do it.

You might try Williams Cutlery and Gifts. Although I have never had a knife or razor sharpened there, other customers said they do a good job. One in particular said he had a Rolls Razor sharpened there and they did a good job of it. I am not sure if they will accept work via mail, but you could always contact them and ask. They have sold straight razors and wetshaving gear for a long, long time.

My father has a Rolls Razor and says that it gives close shaves. They are quite interesting, to say the least. Good luck with yours!

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 08-04-2012, 07:28 AM
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ShadowsDad, I read somewhere that the blades can be unhoneable at some point, but I don't know if that is true. You can find extra blades on ebay and some of the Rolls come with extra blades.

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 08-04-2012, 07:50 AM
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(08-04-2012, 07:28 AM)lindyhop66 Wrote: ShadowsDad, I read somewhere that the blades can be unhoneable at some point, but I don't know if that is true. You can find extra blades on ebay and some of the Rolls come with extra blades.

Same with straight razors. Eventually you just grind away too much metal.

Should take about.... 2 lifetimes of careful use. Biggrin

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 08-04-2012, 12:35 PM
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(08-03-2012, 08:45 PM)asharperrazor Wrote: Well, it is less waste and is cheaper.

Biggrin Cheaper, yeah! Biggrin

At this point I can't make that claim anymore!

I have a lifetimes worth of everything I need for shaving. If I buy nothing more I won't be able to use all that I have. The Rolls is just for kicks because I like to play. It looks too cool too! Sort of a Valet on steroids sort of look.

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 08-04-2012, 01:06 PM
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That just means you used your savings to buy too much shaving equipment. Biggrin

Solution: have plenty of grandsons to pass it down to.

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 03-17-2014, 04:08 PM
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I own all the models of the Rolls razors except the one that came in the alligator pouch. These , along with the K-star razors in my collection as well as the Griffon all use a similar blade. Sharpening them isn't all that far removed from a traditional straight except for being more hands on. You don't have scales to hold , just the section of blade.
Instead of flipping it on each stroke just do multiple strokes on each side. No biggie .
The shaves are terrific.
I've never bothered using the supplies stones/strops in the case itself .
The number of strokes is largely dependent on the initial bevel of the blade. And as far as taping the blade this too will depend in the amount of wear . It's a simple matter of calculating blade angles and the ones I've checked were pretty near perfect falling in the 16-18 range. Taping willy nilly and multiple layers could easily push these beyond 20 which is just too steep for a comfortable shave. Just don't tape them, measure them to find out if it's needed.
With the stones/strops in the case no spine wear will be had. So the blade gets narrower. In this case taping the spine is the LAST thing you'd want to do. It will only make a bad situation worse.

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