One more thing, my strop is a scrape piece of leather I had lieing around. I glued it to a piece of plywood and that is the only thing I use....
Last edited by fine wine; 05-05-2011 at 03:48 PM.
If I had any idea I was going to live this long....................................
Proud member of the "Banned for life of that other forum" club.
IMHO, I think some judgement and humiliy should be exercised. Traditionally:
Apprentice = someone who sort of knows, but has more to learn
Craftsman = knows what he's doing, can get the job done well
Master = Yoda-like knowledge, understanding, and wisdom that can only be acquired through years/decades of experience
"Pro" or "Professional" = some who does it for a living. Opposite of an "Amateur". Both could be any one of the above.
I'd be happy to have an apprentice practice his craft with my blade.
Last edited by AJJ; 06-01-2011 at 11:11 AM.
so who is the resident honemeister here and what kind of price to get a frowning blade made shave ready?
A true honemeister is a man who is so focused on his craft that he can put a hair splitting edge on a ZeePk without even using his hands, just by getting angry with it.
Banned for Life from "Over There"... TWICE!
How many hones does it take to hone a razor? I regularly use six, sometimes seven. That includes a DMT 600 for chip removal, chosera up to and including the 10k one, and a shapton GS 16,000. I guess that's what you must have meant by '...a little more to it...' either that or you didn't study math at college.
And 10 - 15 minutes - really? It is usually more like 45 minutes to an hour with the razors I get sent. Sometimes longer. The most recent razors I honed included 1 with severe chips, three with severe frowns and two with severely warped spines AND frowns. The others were just run-of-the-mill - small warps and frowns predominated. Of the five I have done today one was easy - only took 30 minutes. If I ever get one that takes just 10 minutes I think I'll throw a party.
Perhaps there is some sort of fundamental difference between the US and the UK - if you are right about the timing, then razor sharpeners on your side of the pond just get sent dull razors. Speaking from my experience (there is no point in being theoretical, otherwise you can suppose just about anything you like and it becomes vlaueless, not even information, just groundless speculation - you wouldn't assume rather than base something on actual experience, would you?) I get sent razors that need an awful lot of work, a lot of razors that have been 'gifted' as family heirlooms and the owner wants to try shaving with them, and a lot of razors from Ebay. Every single one requires at least a bevel reset. It would be a joy to me if that was all that is required, but it seldom is.
In short I work damn hard for very little money when I sharpen razors.
Maybe I picked the wrong profession - I earned more money then I knew how to handle after going to college and training to be a civil engineer. Now it seems I am poor and also an uncivil razor honer due to joke postings like the one quoted.
Last edited by Neil Miller; 02-14-2012 at 08:58 AM.
Thanks for adding some reality to this thread Neil. The fact that it somehow became a sticky is disturbing.
In the words of a famous Sergeant, "lighten up Francis"
This thread isn't poking fun at people who hone professionally, it's poking fun at people who have an ego sufficiently large enough to call themselves "honemeister".
Sticky threads can be ignored like any other post.
There are no more secretaries-only administrative assistants or
Janitors-only custodial engineers or
Mechanics-onyl automotive engineers etc, etc
You know a man can lay a thousand bricks and no one call him a bricklayer, but you hone one razor and you are a honemeister (original saying cleaned up for fear of being banished )
Me I just say I'm waiting to get my razor back from Larry. If they ask who is Larry, i respond "the guy who sharpens my razor)
Honing & Restorations
Its like the laundrymat, the mechanic(for most jobs), the cook, ad infitum. Someone you pay big bucks to do a job you could have done for free if your took the time to buy the right tools and learn.
the title is a licience to charge higher fees.
In the PC world we live in a plumber was told the term bullcock could not be used anymore, the new term is now flow governor.
This plumber said he will fit the bullcock for you at normal cost but a flow governor at twice the rate.