First time honing my own razor
Well, sort of honing my own razor. A couple days ago, I had one of my straights (5/8 Allen and Sons 1/4 hollow) listed on the BST; it didn't sell, so I pulled it back and kept it. The edge, although good enough to shave with, was getting a little bit tired. Up to this point, I'd been maintaining my edges with a WhippedDog pasted strop and a 3"x8" tile with a 1 micron lapping film sheet (aka cheap barber hone). To this point, I've been pretty successful with that method.
This time, rather than refresh the edge like I'd been doing, I decided to go a little more advanced. I took out my 5, 3 and 1 sheets. I muted the existing edge on a glass and started over again. I wet the sheets down with water and some sloppy lather. On the 5, I honed 10 laps at a time until I could pop a few arm hairs, then honed 20 more past that (all told, it was 40 laps). On the 3, ten laps at a time until I could reliably shave arm hairs, then 20 more past that (40 laps there too). Forty laps on the 1 micron, followed by 20 laps on each side of the pasted strop and 50 laps on the leather strop.
Shave report: quite a nice, smooth shave. It had a slight harsh feeling at first that mellowed out pretty quickly, but the end result was a good, close shave with very little irritation and no nicks or cuts. I'm not sure I'm quite up to bevel setting yet, but that would be the next step in learning to hone.
Even if I never learned to set a bevel, the above should be all I'd need to do to keep a shave ready razor in good condition for a long, long time, right? Any tips on setting a bevel with lapping film?
Josh - straight razor convert, Swiss Army knife collector