My first successful honing.
I just spent most of my day cleaning up an Ebay razor, and bringing it to shave-ready status, and let me just say it was a lot of work! More than I had expected, but it shaves great! And I'm not ashamed to admit I'm proud of myself, it being my first succesful honing.
It was pretty tarnished with a fair amount of pitting, so I did quite a bit of hand-sanding with 150 and 220 grit sandpaper, as well as a little grinding and more sanding with the Dremel. After a bit of polishing, I moved to the 1000 grit stone. It probably took 200-300 passes to establish the bevel. Then on to a combination blue/yellow coticule. Another 150 passes on both sides, and it was finally shave ready.
I was actually a little surprised that it really shaved so well! I had my other straight on deck just in case it wasn't working, but I never had to make that switch. It gave a great shave, although I do have a touch of burn right now. I'm not sure if that is due to the razor itself, or to my handling of it.
Nevertheless, I'm quite pleased, and ready to attack the 8 other Ebay specials that require similar attention. Now, if only I can find the time!
What's the point of growing old if you have no great stories to tell?