Why? Why not?
I haven't seen anyone say they've done this already in large part I would think due to the initial cost involved, but I'd like some opinions on whether or not you think it would be possible to backhone a straight razor from start to finish using diamond pastes and ending with chrome ox or cerium oxide?
I'm talking taking an Ebay special razor, "breadknifing" the bevel if thought necessary and starting the initial bevel setting with diamond paste say in the 30 micron range (approx 500 grit) and going up the ladder to .5 micron diamond and as previously mentioned finishing with chrome ox or cermium oxide.
I know it would be possible, but of course the key importance as I see it would be:
- Would the final shaving edge be one of integrity which would hold up to an acceptable number of shaves between "touch ups" or would it degrade quickly?
- Would the shaving edge provide the comfort most desirable in an edge rather than being "harsh"?
I'd like to think it can be done successfully. Sure, the idea would make a stone purist recoil or dismiss it. I like my array of hones and stones, but I also like challenging things simply to challenge (take a peek at my avatar and my results in ripping a Shapton 1k glass stone in half).
The appropriate substrates would be a factor in regard to their flatness, but IMO not as much of a factor as is preferred for a traditional edge leading stone/hone.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.