You guys are always up for a little story...not enough for a thread of its own....A couple months ago a non-straight-razor user guy from work came to my house to learn how to hone...he's just always wondered how it was done, he heard I did this, so we made a morning of it. He had a razor from his family, so we honed it up. Cool.
A week later, he stopped by my cube and handed me two scales he had made from scratch in thanks for the time spent. Interesting twist: he's a woodworker, never done razor scales before, and sawed-out my last name in one of the scales, then backfilled with JB Weld. In fact, he put JB Weld on the entire surface, then sanded it back, so it has little grey streaks in the wood. Cool! I found a very rusty beatup old 10 dollar rust bucket of a razor from an antique store (but it's a Joseph Allen and Sons / Sheffield, so it's heart is in the right place!) that fit the scales, and I thought I would try something new to me: make the blade shiny, but leave the patina. So I took the razor and started with 800 grit sandpaper and went through 2500grit+polish. kinda fun, I'll likely do it again...mirror polishes are overrated :).
So I brought it back to him and said "wanna finish it?" He then brings it back to me all assembled with a tulipwood wedge and an oak-sliver for a pivot pin. Unfortunately that fell out, but I've replaced it with just a brass 0-80 bolt/washers. I honed it up over a couple days (the bevel was wacked, so went DMT/4k/8k/CNAT/felt/latigo), and shaved it this morning (Clyde Otipoby mug, Proraso, and my silvertip bought from Larry A). Not bad for a non-user who had never done that before, eh? Pretty creative.
Love these 1/4 hollows...nice heavy grind, quite silent. Wife commented on the smooth cheeks!
Thanks for your attention....no need for comments.
Last edited by Krodor; 03-29-2012 at 07:00 PM.
"Of a thousand shavers, two do not shave so much alike as not to be distinguished." S. Johnson, 1777.
On shave sabbatical for 2014 -- No shenanigans yet, still in!