OK - before I start - strange side note. Just a few weeks ago before I became obsessed with the art of shaving - I found out that one of my colleges is one of the owners of TrueFitt and Hill. I would of never started down this path but I'm walking by his office and before I know it he's loaded me up with every TF&H shaving cream, lotion or pre shave oil I could ever need - he even handed me a badger hair brush - so I blame him for my new found obsession. But I indirectly blame all of you smooth shaved lunatics for having such a great site and posting such detailed advice. It's so well done even fumble handed beginners like me think that "it can't be that hard!" Sigh! Great last words.
End of side note and beginning of honing questions
I have two new Dovo Solingen straight razors. One is relatively high end ($150) and the other is a carbon steel model that cost around 65 dollars(purchased from the Vintage Blade). I've read all the awesome posts on this site and followed the instructions to the letter. I had both razors professionally honed.
1. the high end razor was honed by the honemeister listed on Tony Miller's site - this one shaves awesome and is sharp enough to cut a thought.
2. the second one by Vintage Blades - the lower end carbon steel model - it really wasn't, in my newbie opinion, near as sharp as the Tony Miller honed one - but I had read the Do's and Don'ts and wanted to start with blades honed by people with experience - it's good advice.
I purchased a Norton water stone - Lapped it as instructed - I purchased a Chinese 12K - and lapped it as instructed. (THAT took some time!) I then have sat down the last two weekends and have step by step walked through the AWESOME advice on this site. I've watched the videos - the whole burrito - but I still can't seem to get the lower end Dovo carbon steel blade shave ready. Here's what I did:
I soaked the Norton (it's already lapped) gave it 15 minutes and sat down to hone. I gave the razor 10 up and back passes on the 4000K side - then I did the TNT - still didn't seem that sharp but what do I know? It seemed a bit rough at the beginning and end (heel and toe?) of the razor- then I completed 25 passes on the 8000k side - again, no pressure and real slow. I then completed 100 up and back passes on the 12k - stropped the razor 25 times on my newley acquired Tony Miller red latigo - rinsed the razor in rubbing alcohol and prepared my face for the shave.
Unfortunately it's still pulling on my face and I stopped right away. Very uncomfortable and no "butter smooth" feel like I get with the higher end Dovo. Can any of you gentleman give me some advice? Is it me? Is it the quality of the razor? I'm hoping to indulge this shaving compulsion but it will be a wee bit dissapointing to always send off my razors to the pros!