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Any good videos for sharpening a Japanese straight

Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:35 pm

HELLO SIR
I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF I ORDER ONE OF YOUR JAPANESE STRAIGHT RAZOR ,WHAT WOULD U SUGGEST ME FOR SHAROENING THEM SINCE I DONT HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH THEM,SO PLEASE IF U CAN HELP ME I WOULD LIKE ORDER ONE
BUD

Re: Any good videos for sharpening a Japanese straight

Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:36 pm

Hi Bud,

Let me see if someone can help with a video for you. Check back here shortly.

I don't sharpen straights so I'm woefully ignorant on the subject. More so than usual....

Re: Any good videos for sharpening a Japanese straight

Mon Jul 15, 2013 5:41 pm

I'll see if I can find some time this weekend and make a video.

Re: Any good videos for sharpening a Japanese straight

Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:12 pm

You can try to find some stuff on youtube for now.

Re: Any good videos for sharpening a Japanese straight

Tue Jul 16, 2013 6:12 am

Pretty easy, lay it flat and push. Think if it like a yanagi.

I like natural stones to finish a razor and use the ozuku asagi as a final stone. I typically use a 1k and 5k (with slurry) Nubatama bamboo stone prior.

Re: Any good videos for sharpening a Japanese straight

Wed Jul 17, 2013 4:44 pm

Read this in the meantime :D

http://belgiansharpening.wordpress.com/ ... ri-honing/

Re: Any good videos for sharpening a Japanese straight

Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:45 pm

They are quite easy to maintain. Just lay it down on the stone and hone, alternating sides. Both sides have flat honing surfaces, with a hollow grind inbetween the flat surfaces. It therefore has a built in jig. Some prefer doing more strokes on the front side, but I haven't had a problem just alternating.

The classical natural stone for doing kamisori is the Nakayama - either the Asagi or the Iromono (often referred to as the Kiita). The Ozuku Asagi is another very hard stone that works well. The Nakayamas are hard to come by these days, but I did get a couple of them in :)

They also take a very fine edge using compounds, going all the way up to 0.025 micron Poly. Exceptionally nice shave!

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Ken
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