By no fault of Whipped Dog, the delivery was delayed, but I have now received said package. Really can't say enough enough good things about Larry! Awesome customer service.
Here she is, and bear in mind the razor return value is @$38 from an $82 kit...
First impressions: Double hollow grind. Cutting edge is dished. Extremely uncomfortable shave due to two reasons, I reckon: #1 - this has to be dull, #2 - it feels really
light & its only 11mm tall which I think
the geometry makes it tend to dig. I'm guessing a heavier wider razor would be more apt to glide across the face... I don't know, just a conceptual guess.
I've never used a straight edge before, but this can't be "shave ready" sharp. I couldn't finish my face, and across the grain was absolutely impossible. It was a relatively
painless first. I only allowed one cut, but I couldn't even finish my face, either. I feel I set myself up for failure as being a virgin I didn't know what to expect with sharpness... it is simply too dull to shave with, in retrospect.
So on to a resolution. I have not
been able to acquire a 12k/15k as you suggested, but what I do have is this:
Stones - 500 beston, 1200's (nuba bamboo, bester, king), 2k nani aotosho, 3k King, 5k Rika, 6k King & an 8k Kity.
Strops - Hanging smooth bovine
Bench strops - cross hatched cordovan leather, loaded balsa (.1 micron iron oxide, .25 micron diamond spray, .3 micron alumina gel, .3 micron chromium oxide & 1 micron diamond spray)
If my kit is capable of creating a comfortable
shave ready edge, when I get the time - I'll spend as much time as it takes to get this edge in shape. I would think it is, but I'm ignorant w/straight edges. My kitchen has been so busy this season I had been a month straight no day off, but I gave myself yesterday and today to recharge. I spent 3 hours thinning one, repairing & reprofiling another & sharpening 8 knives last night...
...and I'll do what I can with the razor, but I'm pretty much out of time until after my next tour of duty.
Any suggestions from what you read above?