I'm very slowly working my way through a small pile of possible restores. I started on the 'low rent' steel first. The next few should be a step up in quality hardware. We shall see....
Yup. Always has. It never stopped me though. SWMBO likes to scent too much for me to toss the stuff. This is bottle #3, and I'm getting a little weary of it.
I gave the Gem about 35 laps on CrOx, then stropped on leather. It was an improvement, but not the help I expected. I still need to learn a good recipe for tune-ups. While it passed the HHT easily with nice crisp pops, the shave isnít quite there.
I took some time off, and shaved with a DE most of the week. I needed to be out the door fast, so I left the straights alone. Then I took a few days and without shaving at all. Finally, I opened the cabinet and pulled out the W&B. This one had been honed a few weeks ago and shelved. Itís the last one thatís hone-fresh. I stropped it 30 laps, lathered some MWF, and went to work.
I really enjoy shaving multi-day growth. Today didnít let me down. The fresh edge was lovely on my face, and Iím finally learning how to lather The Fat. (Load until you think itís ridiculous, then load some more.) I got a solid DFS, with zero burn. Shaving was a pleasure today. The time off probably helped.
I stropped 35/50 very gentle laps on wool/leather and put it to bed.
Back to the W&B today. I stropped 35 passes on leather and dove into the MWF. Itís wasnít quite as nice as yesterday. Iím not sure why, so I wonít complain too much. It wasnít an uncomfortable shave. I just didnít get as closely as easily as yesterday. Lack of sleep was likely the culprit.
Iíve stolen a few minutes here and there to finish another restore. Now there is a 5/8 Genco ďFluid SteelĒ sitting beside my honing kit, waiting for some love. Ö. Soon, very soon..