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Paste or spray for stropping?

Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:11 pm

Hello,

I was recommended to look at your products in the .1 or so micron range for my straight razors....

I have one question: do you feel that the spray or the paste is a better sharpening solution? I am willing to
purchase fresh strops/paddles/balsa to get the best possible edge on my shaving equipment...

For your information: all my straights are Dovo Ice Tempered stainless straights, and while tough & sharp - are not particularly good at handling my grossly tough beard (as a hint: my beard can dull a Personna blade on by the third shave - not tone it down a bit - dull it).

BTW: I am not afraid of getting my cutthroats "too sharp", so if there is a better sub-.1 micron solution you offer, let me know...

Thank you for any info you can provide!


~Robert.

Re: Paste or spray for stropping?

Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:12 pm

Hi Robert,


I prefer the spray. It distributes the particles better than the paste and is less messy.

Re: Paste or spray for stropping?

Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:25 pm

IMO, Dovo razors aren't as good as they used to be. I finish most of them at 10k or coticule level since 15 or 30k is just too much for them and the and will collapse at the second pass.

What stones are you using before hitting the compounds?

Re: Paste or spray for stropping?

Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:52 pm

Yes, the spray is the more versatile choice for your needs. The paste is a more specialized solution for powered leather belts.

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Ken

Re: Paste or spray for stropping?

Tue May 01, 2012 9:09 pm

Mark,

Thank you for the info...

I have one additional question - as you made a good point about the spray:

Do you think that denim (recycled from an old pair of jeans) would make
a useful surface for the abrasive sprays? I was cleaning some old clothing
out last night - and that thought/question just came to me...


~Robert.

Re: Paste or spray for stropping?

Tue May 01, 2012 9:10 pm

Denim is the first thing I stropped on and it works well. Give it a try. Othere fun ones to try are newspaper and card stock.

Re: Paste or spray for stropping?

Thu May 03, 2012 2:39 pm

My understanding is that the pastes are oil based and meant more for power applications. I would not want to try to clean that off my razor. I would go with spray.

Re: Paste or spray for stropping?

Thu May 03, 2012 7:09 pm

Ok I miss-spoke. Some pastes are oil bases such as Ken's CBN and Hand American's pastes use emollients which are all hypoallergenic. Ken or Keith can you clarify further I don't want to miss-represent your products.

Re: Paste or spray for stropping?

Thu May 03, 2012 7:46 pm

Hi Scott,
I did send you a PM with an explanation regarding our paste base. As I said i don't feel comfortable addressing questions regarding HA products in the forum as it may appear as passive advertising.

And, as I said, if you or anyone else that I offer info to via a PM feels comfortable sharing on the forum you have my permission to do so.

Maybe at some point Mark will set something up for his vendors to answer questions.

I actually hope that does not happen, I prefer to see the dynamic interaction between people who use CKTG products and those who may be interested in buying certain products without vendors like me butting in.

Passive advertising is a forum killer and I really want this place to survive.

Best of luck,

Keith

Re: Paste or spray for stropping?

Sat May 05, 2012 5:43 am

"Ok I miss-spoke. Some pastes are oil bases such as Ken's CBN and Hand American's pastes use emollients which are all hypoallergenic. Ken or Keith can you clarify further I don't want to miss-represent your products."

Just to clarify my earlier response, I was referring strictly to my products. Each vendor knows about his own formulations so please (obviously) use Keith's responses for his products.

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Ken
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