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    I've been shaving daily with a Rolls since the early seventies. I get very good comfortable shaves with it. The blade I've been using all these years finally wore out a few weeks ago. So I've started in on a new blade which I've had for many years waiting for the first to give up the ghost. I agree with the post cautioning about not letting the blade slap down on the stone. You also have to clean the stone so it doesn't get choked with steel filings from the honing process. Also resist honing until the blade begins to pull or otherwise indicates that it's time to hone. You need to strop at least as many strokes as you would use on a straight.

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    I have used one a few times and they are a decent razor and 1 razor that is easy to grab here in the uk.

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    I've been seeing more and more turn up at local antique places, may just pick one up if it is in good shape, or get a few and parts them.

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    I just recently picked up three of them. I like them because I find them so interesting but I haven't been able to get them sharp enough to shave good.
    Any ideas on what I might be doing wrong.

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    I have several and it was not quite as sharp as I needed and I have never managed to hone one without
    the blade slapping the hone or strop- its seems that is going to
    happen normally given the state of the mechanism itself-

    I have a couple of new blades but as with str8's I figure they may not be shave ready either- So I think I am going to attempt to hone them to 8K and then strop them on my beginners strop and try it out again.

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    You can hone these blades on your hone fo rthe straights. The safety bar/bail will come off easy enough or you can do it witht he bar still on.

    Then all you need to do is use the strop side of the case.

    I use one when I am running late. I still like the shave from a straight, but the rolls is a very nice shave with a properly honed blade.

    I would have more if I could find them locally. I wathc them on ebay alot and have tried not to bid on too many.

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    what's the market price for roll razor actually? I saw several on ebay which still has 0 bids at 99 cent...well the shipping to Australia never been cheap but that's the risk anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by jankrix View Post
    what's the market price for roll razor actually? I saw several on ebay which still has 0 bids at 99 cent...well the shipping to Australia never been cheap but that's the risk anyway
    just look at the completed auctions. we cannot provide appraisals on srp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gugi View Post
    just look at the completed auctions. we cannot provide appraisals on srp.
    thanks gugi for the information

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    Erick

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    I don't think I've ever seen one that was used so much that the blade "used up"! I'm curious to see how short your blade is after using it for 40 years. You mind posting a pic of your blade?

    Quote Originally Posted by jascas View Post
    I've been shaving daily with a Rolls since the early seventies. I get very good comfortable shaves with it. The blade I've been using all these years finally wore out a few weeks ago. So I've started in on a new blade which I've had for many years waiting for the first to give up the ghost. I agree with the post cautioning about not letting the blade slap down on the stone. You also have to clean the stone so it doesn't get choked with steel filings from the honing process. Also resist honing until the blade begins to pull or otherwise indicates that it's time to hone. You need to strop at least as many strokes as you would use on a straight.

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