Today was the first EXCELLENT shave I have had since aquiring my T-I Durandal 4/8. I worked on it a lot honing stropping and honing again. For the last few days my shaves were good. The only difference today was the following:
I met a friend who does a lot of wood carving as a hobby and gives courses in carving and sharpening. I asked him for a few tips. He then made me four (4) 3"X12" plexiglass strops using a leather welders sleves as the material. He used spray glue and got them perfectly mounted. He then instructed me to rub two of the strops with some rouge I had (green and red). He told me to strop first with the green 5-10 times and then with the red 5-10 times. Then 15 strops on the linen and 15 on the leather. He said my problems were over. I walked away and thought YEAH RIGHT.
I followed his directions and then proceeded to do the test on the hair on my arm. THE HAIR POPPED RIGHT OFF. I thought I was seeing things. I then shaved and could not believe the difference since yesterday's shave. Cut thru like a hot knife through warm butter. He told me to strop the red and green 5 X each daily and then the linen and leather 10 times. He said this would maintain the edge for quite some time. If and when the blade needs a little more maintenance he will give me lesson two.
For you other noobs DONT GIVE UP. YOU CAN DO IT !! You may find different equipment and methods but you will get there.