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Melampus wrote:JACK <> I'm no SR expert, but my observations. You can be upsetting bevel geometry by trying to get close with your EP. Tape the spine as illustrated in the video I attached, and run the stone flush.
I understand what you mean. My choice to use the EP was based solely on laziness. When sharpening knives I have stones for the EP that will eat steel very fast. This razor needed the amount of work (steel removal) that I didn't want to spend the time it would take using the bench stones I have. Also, the stones I have to speed the process are diamond. I didn't want to risk removing too much spine due to my lack of skill. The EP solved my problem of lack of skill and being in a hurry. The edge had significant chips that needed to be removed. However the sites and info you placed below were very enlightening as to how a tiny chip may still be sharp enough inside to still work. But these chips were obvious to the naked eye and I wanted them removed. When the edge was chipless and smooth I started using my ceramic stones. I didn't want to use diamond, no matter fine a grit, on a razor. I don't know if this is a good opinion or bad. I've read about using tape on the spine and that makes sense. I think I may start restoring used razors as a hobby and tape would be an obvious method. I don't see an attached video however.
As for the strop questions, I have found naked leather stropping absolutely necessary before every shave. Generally speaking, loaded strops are to bring back an edge before a full honing is necessary & then to refine the honing upon its completion, not to daily finish an edge before shaving. Hanging strop to bench strop, I reckon is preference, but the hanging is a classic due to efficiency. 40 laps on a bench seems like it would take forever. As for, convexing. Again, I'm no expert, but the point of a stropping is to align the edge of the edge, not to convex. And in fact, if you are convexing, you are effectively rounding of your edge... not good!
Check these out: http://blog.modernmechanix.com/wonder-photos-reveal-unsuspected-facts-about-razor-blades-and-shaving/
Lastly, I have never heard of anyone shaving right off the stones. Always stropped.
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