I wish I could keep my blade sharper between honing.....
I use the same straight razor every day (vintage Boker). I have a set of Norton's , a Naniwa 12000 and chrox / ferox. I can get a really sharp edge by just touching up my blade with the Naniwa 12000 and then finishing with chrox / ferox prior to finishing with a linen / leather strop. Getting a sharp edge is not really my problem.
I strop linen / leather after every shave (25 strokes on linen and 50 on leather). I'll touch the blades up with only chrox / ferox every few days 3 or 4 (25 strokes on each). Within two or three weeks at the most I need to rehone on the 12000 Naniwa. I don't mind having to rehone every couple of weeks or so, but I wish my blade was sharper in between.
Could it be my stropping or honing technique? My straight is really sharp off the hone (in my opinion requiring little-no pressure while shaving). I use virtually no pressure when stropping on linen / leather. Should I invest in some type of other pasted strop with diamond paste or something else for daily maintenance? Is is typical for blade sharpness to decrease so rapidly (I do use this razor daily and have a thick tough beard)?
Any advice recommendations or tips?
Hello! My name is Chris.
It's a Jeep Thing. You wouldn't Understand. I shave therefore I am.....