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I just registered and figured that a short introduction would be appropriate. I bumped into Honed on a shaving thread of a knive forum, and he recommended to checkout this site. After a bit of browsing I decided to join you ;)
Last year, I got a decent kitchen knife for my birthday and decided I had to learn to keep it sharp. It turned out I rather enjoy sharpening (it relaxes me), so I jumped on the straight razor train. Untill this year I only used an electric shaver. Now I shave with a straight whenever I find the time for it (about 3 times a week) and use a DE for the rest of the week.
After the initial bootstrap problems mvh honed my razors and I have nice shaves ever since.
Bu I am still a beginner and want to learn to reduce the amount of passes (and time) needed for a shave. Currently I am also learning to hone, very enjoyable.
looking forward to being educated ;)
07-08-2012, 08:06 AM
Welcome to Badger and Blade, we're glad to have you!
Pretty cool that you're doubling up, straight shaving and using DEs. What kind of equipment are you using, and, if I might ask, which do you prefer? (I'm guessing straight)
I don't know how you might achieve pass reduction, but with DEs at least I suppose with proper blade angle you might be able to cut down on passes.
The typical number I hear is 3 passes, and touch-ups. I go for two passes, and usually don't find myself needing touch-ups, but then, I don't strive to get as close as some do. In terms of time, as with most things, once you truly get used to it, you'll find you can speed up a bit without any trouble.
Incidentally, I'm thinking of picking up a nice kitchen knife myself, to go with the gorgeous cutting board over here http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/300220-B-amp-B-LE-Handmade-End-Grain-Cutting-Board-Group-Buy I'm hoping I'll find the maintenance enjoyable as you do, I've got plenty of research to do first though!
Again, welcome to B&B, and feel free to ask any questions you might have, you won't find a more helpful bunch.
Yeah, the straight wins it hands down ;) But I am still quite slow with the straight (30 - 45 min), and that in combination with problems getting out of bed in the morning make me using the DE regularly ;)
Alright, my equipment:
straight razors: a german Field&co razor (Whipped Dog), Dovo Prima Klang and (my favorite) a Klas Tornblom.
DE: Merkur 34C (favorite blade so far: feather)
strops: an Invisible edge sprung Latigo paddle strop and a Katayama 3 strop
soaps: MWF, proraso,TOBS Jermyn Street Shaving Cream
hones: ezelap 250; chosera 1k, 3k; rika 5k, Shapton Glass 6k, 8k; c12k; shoubudani type 100
pastes/sprays: 0.75 CBN, CrO
Ai, I better not show this list to SWMBO ;)
Wow, that is one beautiful cutting board indeed. Must restrain myself.... Enjoy your knife hunting journey! Thanks for the warm welcome
and some pics:
07-08-2012, 08:58 AM
Welcome to B&B!
07-08-2012, 09:03 AM
Welcome aboard. That is a very nice set you have.
07-08-2012, 09:04 AM
07-08-2012, 09:17 AM
Welcome to B&B, Jasper!
07-08-2012, 09:29 AM
Wow, that Dovo is something else, absolutely gorgeous. As you can probably tell from the cutting board, I appreciate the aesthetics of wood, so I really like those scales.
As far as DE is concerned, Merkur really know how to make them, my 12C shaves like a champ, so I'm sure yours performs admirably as well.
Thanks for the encouragement, I'm looking forward to (yet another) enjoyable hobby, thanks to B&B!
07-08-2012, 10:09 AM
Welcome to B&B !!
07-08-2012, 11:34 AM
07-08-2012, 02:53 PM
Welcome to B&B!
07-08-2012, 03:00 PM
Welcome to B&B, Jasper.
07-08-2012, 04:35 PM
Good to have you with us. Welcome.
07-08-2012, 05:03 PM
Very, very nice razors.
Honed has taught me a lot.
07-08-2012, 05:07 PM
Welcome to the group Jasper !!
07-08-2012, 05:13 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome! I've spent several hours in the hones/honing subforum yesterday, great info :)
07-09-2012, 04:03 AM
welcome to the forums!
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