If you haven't heard of the Work Sharp WSKTS, please look it up....the product is essentially a handheld belt sander/grinder (depending on the grit used) that is designed to be a professional-level sharpening tool emphasizing results and speed. This product is excellent for sharpening everything and up until today I had been very curious to see if it would be useful with straight razors. I am pleased to report that it works INCREDIBLY well with straights and is very quick. Earlier today I had been trying to perform an initial bevel setting and sharpening of a Clauss USMC that was NOS but had minor rust that needed removal. After that light work was completed I worked on the initial sharpening for an hour or two but noticed that the spine was uneven, causing the bevel to be uneven and non-existant in some areas.
A few weeks ago when I first got the WSKTS unit I ordered additional belts in various grits, up to 12,000. Starting at 1,500 => 2,500 => 4,000 => 6,000 => 8,000 => 12,000. I followed the 12,000 with about 3 minutes of stroping on latigo and the results blew me away....my criteria for "shave ready" is its ability to shave my face as-is, meaning no prep, literally putting the fresh blade to an area of my face and shaving hairs. The Clauss shaved the 3 day old whiskers so well I can say honestly i've never had such good results. Please see photos and ask questions if anything is unclear.