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    I know that DE blades are relatively inexpensive but I'm curious as to if it's possible to extend their life by honing?

    I have an old bakelite hone for DE blades. It is flat on one side (for single blades and straight razors) and is curved on the other side (for double safety blades).

    It would be interesting to play around with honing those blades but I won't do so if it's known to not work out well.

    I don't have a DE razor or blades at the moment or I would try it out.

    Does anyone have an old curved hone as I've described and does it actually work (well) to extend a DE blades life?

    I'm thinking about getting a Gillette Super Adjustable at some point just for variety and in addition to my straight razor.
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    They are so thin that you'd have to make a tapered steel holder to do it, and even then, you never know what the coating is on them.

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    Why bother? not worth the effort IMO

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    I'm more interested in if it works than necessarily continuing to do it. It's actually no work however. Why throw something away if making 4 or 5 passes on the curved hone extends the life for another few days?

    No holder is required. You just put your thumb on the middle of the blade and slide it back and forth a few times and turn it over and do the same.

    These old safety razor hones were sold and I'm assuming were used as well. I'm just curious as to how well they worked.

    Maybe it doesn't work with the edge coatings used today?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gcbryan View Post
    I'm more interested in if it works than necessarily continuing to do it. It's actually no work however. Why throw something away if making 4 or 5 passes on the curved hone extends the life for another few days?

    No holder is required. You just put your thumb on the middle of the blade and slide it back and forth a few times and turn it over and do the same.

    These old safety razor hones were sold and I'm assuming were used as well. I'm just curious as to how well they worked.

    Maybe it doesn't work with the edge coatings used today?
    I am inline to think they work well other wise people would not have bought them.

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    But man haggeling with folks is the roots of my buying.
    so i got one curved hone for de blades a swiss de blade sharpener with two stones and one leather.
    and three that use the crank. but i have not used any of them yet.
    One of the stropping devices for them should possible work to get a few more shaves.
    cause by using it the unseen edge gets bent out of place so we strop the blades to get it correct.

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    Since the creation of the safety razor there were countless companies that came up with the cure all for the dull D.E. blade. People bought into the idea of sharpening blades and saving a fortune. Little did they know that after they got these contraptions home they might if they were lucky to get 1 possibly 2 more shaves out of a blade.

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    The de hones were made back when the blades were just uncoated steel, allowing them to be sharpened. Todays blades are coated which, from my understanding, gives the blades much of their sharpness. Honing them would only serve to remove the coating.
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    What I have learned from a gentleman that was older than dirt itself is to use the bottom of a glass to act as a strop. The glass must be made of glass and also be concave. Place the DE blade in the bottom and rub it around flip and repeat. I have tried this and it did bring some of the keenness back. I only did it once so I have no clue as to how many times this might be done but I image it can be done more than once. It might scratch the bottom of the glass so don't use it on your wife's good ones.

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    Here are a few examples
    Some pretty unusual ideas


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