As I told in my earlier post, I'm taking the step to straight razor shaving. I've been DE shaving for a full year now (used carts before) and love the shaves I get with the DE now. Since my DE shaves started, I said to myself: one day I'll try a straight. That day has arrived.
Well, not yet actually. The day arrives in the forthcoming days (I hope it's not too philosopic!)
Last week I ordered a sight unseen razor with balsa strop from Larry at Whippeddog. Since I'm in the Netherlands shipping might take some time. I already bought a strop here in the Netherlands (no name brand, made by a guy who makes strops and paddles, so actually it's custom. But it was cheap. It's just plain leather, no canvas/linnen/felt.
Awaiting my package from Larry I've been practising stropping with a butter knife everyday. I'm think I'm getting the hang of stropping, although I first have to wait and see how it goes with a sharp shave-ready straight instead of a butter knife. I feel like I'm kind of getting the 'feeling' in stropping.
I love the whole idea of straight razor shaving. Not only the shave, but the care taking of your razor aswell. I'm currently looking in to honing. It's not something I'll start doing tomorrow, but I want to read myself in and I think the whole honing experience is very interesting. I know Larry sells the Norton honing set. Would that be a good option to go with as my first set of hones? The stones are cut in quarters, to they are about 1,5 - 4 inch. Would that be too short? Also, finishing the edge on an 8k and then stropping on the balsa with CrOx and after that plain leather would be enough? Or should I consider adding a 10 or 12k stone to my first set?
I want to thank you guys. You all actually made me take the step to straight razor shaving with all the info that can be found here and all the feedback given. Keep up the good work, you're making alot of newbies very happy!
Stay tuned for more.
Note: Please, forgive me my grammar and/or spelling mistakes. English is not my first language.