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    Great responses all! Thank you! Took your advice already Birnando, concerning the Naniwa 12K and the D8C! Am wondering if I can take the D8C to the Regal Barers hone and improve its perfromance. JimmyHad, yes, the Falcon was a bugger to restore, as Ford sold the 1960-'63 tooling to Argentina, as they were getting ready to share Falcon tooling with the 1964 1/2 Mustang. MJsorkin, thank you for the offer-I may take you up on that! Martin103, thanx for the vintage text!. Lynn, thanx again as always-Gearhead
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    gearhead222 wrote:
    "Does a newbie shaver ever return to the honemeister sharpness, or does stropping just maintain the edge at a lower grade of

    sharpness?"

    Martin130 wrote:
    "If you read many old barbers manual they clearly show to test the razors using the TNT"

    gssixgun wrote:
    "Hmmmm That isn't what that text says,,, It agrees exactly with what we say now..."

    "It isn't right or wrong it is semantics, but I can tell you without any doubt what so ever that a TNT does dull the fine

    edge, do your own tests and see, but make sure you calibrate your tests first..."

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    If it's ok with you guys, can we discuss this a little further? I have found this to be a very interesting thread!

    I asserted that one can maintain a razor for a long time with a set of canvas and leather strops. Are "honemeister" quality edges are those that are taken to a level of sharpness that are just a shade below which if honed any further would be over-honed? One that, as suggested by gearhead222, can't be maintained at that level of keenness for long by stropping alone. Since I find that a gentle wetted thumbnail test doesn't seem to harm a shave-ready razor, I'm thinking that I probably don't shave with a honemister-quality edge.

    Does that sound right, or am I way off the mark?

    Thanks,
    Jeff

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffR View Post
    Since I find that a gentle wetted thumbnail test doesn't seem to harm a shave-ready razor, I'm thinking that I probably don't shave with a honemister-quality edge.

    Does that sound right, or am I way off the mark?

    Thanks,
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    No way of actually knowing, from what I have read of your posts I would guess that you might be right.. We have proved that a 1k edge will shave, and by using a TNT off a 1k it will "Smooth" the edge, then you are stropping it up, so it is very possible that you are shaving closer to a .50 micron edge, where the sharpest edges border closer to .38 microns (Not my Numbers).. So your hypothesis might very well be correct,, Keep in mind the term Honemiester Edge is being thrown around quite a bit, it is really any edge, there isn't a sharpness level of a Honemiester edge, that is BS The actual micron level of the edge is determined by the Steel, the Geometry, the Hone, and finally the Stropping...

    There are just to many variables that stack up to decide where that edge will end up, as the saying goes "This isn't rocket science"
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    Dear Fellow Razorheads-FWIW, I just use the term "Honemeister Edge" since that is a term that all of us can indentify with. BOTH of my problem razors had to go back to 4K to get a shaveable edge-what I mean by that is being able to shave body hair going with the grain of the hair and pressing VERY little on the razor. If I have to press down or go against the grain of the hair to shave it, then the razor is not shave ready to me. My .02 worth-Gearhead

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    I have heard other guys that proscribe to your theory Jeff, that a slightly lower edge is easier to maintain, many guys that use Barber's hones believe that wholeheartedly..
    Some of the Coticule guys also proscribe to that theory too, they believe a Coticule is self limiting for sharpness, Eschers have a small following with that also..

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    Slightly off topic, but am still wondering if I can refresh my like new Regal Barbers hone using a D8C 320 grit stone. It looks like new, but doesn't hone a razor, although it has a fine and coarse side.-Gearhead

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    Quote Originally Posted by gearhead222 View Post
    Slightly off topic, but am still wondering if I can refresh my like new Regal Barbers hone using a D8C 320 grit stone. It looks like new, but doesn't hone a razor, although it has a fine and coarse side.-Gearhead
    Pic ???

    You want to be selective with "Refreshing" BH's many of them were "polished" from the factory and you don't want to lose that if it still has it, general rule is don't unless they are really glazed or they are damaged

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    Quote Originally Posted by gearhead222 View Post
    Slightly off topic, but am still wondering if I can refresh my like new Regal Barbers hone using a D8C 320 grit stone. It looks like new, but doesn't hone a razor, although it has a fine and coarse side.-Gearhead
    If it's of any interest to you, a barber once told me that in barber school he was taught to use a bar of Lava soap to clean and refresh a hone. Kind of an old school way to do the job. Lava soap is composed with powdered pumice, if you didn't know already.

    Anyway, another 2 cents. Are we up to a buck yet??

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    Thanx guys! This hone looks like it was never used, but it does not sharpen a razorWonder if there's just dirt and crud in it. Maybe shaving soap and a hand brush? Open to all suggestions. Haven't made a quarter yet-Gearhead

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    Dear Honeright-Using one of my shaving brushes to apply the shaving soap, I used a stiff bristle hand brush to clean the Regal Barbers hone. Think that it had a lot of dirt in it, as BOTH sides feel coarser now. Will try one of my less expensive straights on her and see what happens-Gearhead

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