Honestly, the first few shaves are rough. You may be inclined to think that the razor is too blunt, or that the air is too thick, or that the neighbour's dog has put a spell on your shaves. At least if you know you have a sharp razor for sure, then you can worry about the air and that dog.
That being said, shortly after receiving my first straight via a generous PIF from member SuperBleu, I decided that I had somehow blunted the razor. I promptly got a 4k/8k Norton (to add to the 1k and hard Arkansas that I already owned for knives) and went to town. It took some trying and frustration, but in the end I was very happy with the results and finished the razor off with .3 and .1 micron balsa that Larry from Whipped Dog added to the original PIF. I must have near on 50 shaves with that setup at this stage and am very happy with the keenness.
You can try lapping film, by all accounts it is highly effective and cost efficient, but the neighbour's dog really discourages using anything that lacks the ge ne sais quoi of a stone.
Last edited by inspiringK; 07-19-2012 at 08:42 PM.
Razors don't shave people. People shave people!
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