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    hey guys, first timer here. i've been reading, exploring, and learning a lot from ya'lls experience, thanks for the site. have a couple of questions...i just recently bought my first set up from the art of shaving, TI Taos 5/8" and their perfect shave products. my first shave i didn't strope, due to the directions saying i didn't need to until after a few shaves, that was a lie. the second shave i stropped a bunch, and got a way better shave, a few nicks, but a way better shave. so, i applied strope paste to the strope because the guy at the store said i needed to, but from reading here, i might not have needed to do that just yet. did i screw up my strope by applying the paste to my one strope? do i need to get an unpasted strope now? also, the guy at the store said i didn't need to hone the razor but once a year. from reading here that might not be correct either. i don't have a stone yet, should i get one, and how often do ya'll find that you have to hone a brand new razor? sorry i wrote so much, just excited. thanks for help.

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    Your strop should be okay. It should be conditioner, not a honing paste that he gave you.

    I hone about once every other month, but I use two razors.

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    thank you, makes me feel better. i reckon i'll have to get me a stone.

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    Um what color was the paste you used? It could be a conditioner if it is yellowy or if it is colored it could be a honing paste. Most TI razors are close to shave ready at the store but not there yet. So you might want to have it honed to be sure. Also you will probably need to have it honed every month to 2 at first if you are new and only have 1 blade because you don't know how to keep it up. That is why I would get a basic chromium oxide pasted paddle strop or a piece of balsa wood with it on it ot maintain the edge for much longer periods between hones. It needs to be stropped 50 laps there and back before each shave and do it slowly and carefully. Also don't listen to the AOS guys since they are not at all knowledgable.

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    it was in a white tube with yellow tape, it came out clear like. i should probably buy another cheaper razor to practice the hone before i mess up my 150 dollar razor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by encore View Post
    it was in a white tube with yellow tape, it came out clear like. i should probably buy another cheaper razor to practice the hone before i mess up my 150 dollar razor.
    Sounds like strop dressing "yellow paste", so no worries aboutthe strop... i would reccomend a professional honing of the razor for while many TI are almost ready, when they are not they tend to be very dull.

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    Before you get a hone you really need an abrasive pasted paddle strop with 0.5 micron chrome oxide or diamond paste applied to it. This is an edge "refresher" that you use when the razor starts to pull a bit. Some people use both a 1.0 micron and a 0.5 micron pasted paddle strop. It stretches out the time between honing sessions and gives a very sharp edge.

    The most common hone used by the members of SRP is the Norton 4000/8000 grit combination hone. Get the 3" wide version.


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    thanks for everybody's input, much appreciated

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    another question then...is the stroping fine for now, or do you guys still think i need a hone for the new TI? i'm only hesitant to send it off to get honed due to this being my only razor.

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    Give it 100 round trips on the strop and see how it shaves. If you get a nice shave there's no need to get it honed. I recently experienced that stropping on the linen first improved my TI Silverwing a lot . You may want to try that first: 100 round trips on the linen followed by 60 on the leather.
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