So I restored a blade, there was a chip so it was a long honing process to restore, and I started shaving about a month ago. My shaving technique has improved a lot since the first shave. I'm finding that because of my growth pattern I need to go over some areas multiple passes in multiple directions, that's a little annoying, but I've definitely had worse shaves with disposables. But I'm wondering if the problem is in the blade.
I feel that one side of the blade is not as sharp as the other, if that makes sense. The first pass on the left side of my face is fine. But the first pass on the right, using the opposite side of the blade is horrible. It's grabbing and barely cutting. Doing the second pass, the quality switches to the other side of my face, which is consistent since the blade sides are opposite for the second pass.
Is it possible I rolled the edge stropping? I'm using a paddle strop I made myself with latigo leather mounted on marble. I'll be looking into getting a hanging strop next week. I was definitely using too much pressure stropping in the beginning, but the blade passed the hanging hair test back then and will not do so now. It still passes thumbnail and pad tests.
Now I did use electrical tape in honing, is it possible that since the strop is so flat it isn't doing its job because of the slight angle difference? Since shaving with just one side of the blade is pretty impossible, I need to figure out what the solution to this is.