05-05-2018, 08:23 AM
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I have some 19th Century lather catcher razors with their original wedge blades.  I'd like to give the razors a go with those old wedge blades, but I doubt the blades are shave ready.  So my question:  How do I make those old wedge blades shave-ready?  I don't shave with a straight razor, so I have no honing capacity/experience.  Do I send the blades out for honing like I would a straight?  Or are 19th Century wedge blades sharpened differently?

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 05-05-2018, 11:31 AM
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Interesting..... Cool  Got pictures,,,,, Thumbsup

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 05-05-2018, 11:55 AM
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As far as I can tell the process of sharpening a wedge blade should be similar to honing a straight - the profile shown in old patent drawings are near identical to the profiles of straights. However; unlike a straight you only have a short stub of blade without a handle, something that will make it a lot more tricky to sharpen it without proper tools.

A lot of patents for wedge style razors include a separate handle for sharpening and honing, as can be seem mounted on the back of this old Kampfe:
[Image: KampfeSafetyRazor.jpg]

Other options included separate honing devices, one of the more known ones belongs to the Rolls razor:
[Image: RollsRazor.jpg]

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 05-05-2018, 12:32 PM
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I use a piece of tape when I honed a wedge blade. The tape gives you some control while working with stones. Treat the blade just like a straight razor. I lifted the picture but is exactly how a did it

[Image: 3w11l2A.jpg]

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 05-05-2018, 04:50 PM
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I do the same as above but tape one of these this bamboo skewers to the back to give a little more rigidity

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 07-10-2018, 06:35 AM
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(05-05-2018, 04:50 PM)SteelTown Wrote: I do the same as above but tape one of these this bamboo skewers to the back to give a little more rigidity

What do you guys do for stropping? I bought a 1901 Kampf, but it’s the kind with the short handle and included no stropping handle.

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 07-10-2018, 10:42 AM
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For the few times I use a wedge lather catcher, I palm strop.

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 07-10-2018, 10:47 AM
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(07-10-2018, 10:42 AM)timwcic Wrote: For the few times I use a wedge lather catcher, I palm strop.

Do you find that they shave better with a GEM blade or do you just not use the larger catcher that often?

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 07-10-2018, 11:24 AM
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I have used wedge and SE blades a few times in a lather catcher. Do not remember ether being any better but a SE blade is a lot less work. If a Gem fits, try it. I do also palm strop Gem blades when I do use them in my patent pending Ever Ready SE

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