I switched to wetshaving several months ago and have really enjoyed it and, with much help from here and other sites, have managed to get my DE technique down to the point that I get good/great consistent shaves with little irritation. Well, for Christmas, my darling mother decided that I needed to step things up and, with consultation from the fine folks at Classic Shaving, got me a DOVO Genuine Olivewood 5/8 straight razor, DOVO Prima Rindleder Strop, TI double-sided sharpening strop, and 1.0 and 0.5 micron diamond sharpening pastes. Her discussions with Classic indicated to her that this is all one would need to maintain a shave-ready razor. Upon realizing that I only know what a couple of these tools were meant for, at least in theory, I’ve decided to turn to you, the experts, for some guidance.
I’ve never held a straight before this, but have experience with professionally sharpened hunting and fishing knives and I have to say that, right out of the box, this thing feels sharper than anything I’ve ever held. So, what’s next?
It seems to me that the sharpening strop and diamond paste can be used to periodically sharpen or hone the blade and that the hanging strop is used before each shave. There is a great guide on Classic’s web site that seems to explain what to do with exactly everything that my mom got me, but when it comes to the integrity of my own throat, I like to have all the information available.
Always, any help is greatly appreciated.