I went to a local antique mall and picked up an old razor and a stone for next to nothing. The stone says "barber jr" on it and it is a sythetic of some sort. Any idea if its any good for something besides looking at? Obviously its not comprable to a new waterstone, but if using new and fancy things appealed to me I'd get some expensive electric, since I don't really care how close the shave is.
I stropped the razor on nothing more than an old leather belt I smoothed with a glass bottle. It did not pass the hanging hair test of course. I lathered up quite well and soaked long to compensate and tried shaving anyway. I only got a couple of abrasions, but not much hair was gone either.
My main question is how crude of a setup can I get by with? Also, if a fine enough hone is used to start with, does paste even need to be added to a strop for maintenance? I've read that it is actually bad for the razor in some places, but then I see other say its necessary.
If I could get by with this stone, or just a bit of emory cloth glued to the back of an old library card, and strop on my belt, that would be my ideal. But that doesn't seem realistic, so I'm wondering how un-fancy can I get and still get a decent shave from a straight razor.