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Straight Shaving

21 Sep 2016
@ 05:17 am (GMT)

Andrew Murray

Hey all!

I'm a straight shaver. I hated shaving before I got into it, but now I really enjoy it. It takes a little to get into but for me it's definitely been worth it.

Here are some of my razors:

These photos are taken from StraightRazorPlace.com where I am a member.





Before


After


Custom Shaving Brush
I've inserted the link to the thread as the photo's aren't mine but it is a brush that the guy made especially for me.

It's a great hobby and I'm actually sharpening the first razor now. You get about a month out of them before they need a re-hone on the finer stones.

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21 Sep 2016
@ 06:40 am (GMT)

Paul Leverman

Re: Straight Shaving
That's incredibly beautiful work. You are very lucky. I have a handful of razors my father-in-law left me, but I can't sharpen shit with shinola. Well, not quite true, I can do my chainsaw and my axe, but that's about it. My hunting knives are steel sticks with a point, and most of them are broke off.

The brush my wife bought me when we first got married is still in fine shape, and it's been thirty-five years. Not near as pretty as yours though.
21 Sep 2016
@ 07:59 am (GMT)

Andrew Murray

Re: Straight Shaving
I've got quite a few stones if you'd ever like them sharpened up. Razors and knives. Just let me know and we can sort something out.
21 Sep 2016
@ 08:25 am (GMT)

Thomas Kitchen

Re: Straight Shaving
That looks very nice Andrew and great to see people keeping the old art form alive.

Paul, Warrick the knife maker froe this forum recommended "the razor edge book of sharpening" to me it's well worth the money.
21 Sep 2016
@ 07:35 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Straight Shaving
Must be really hard to get around your scrotum with that. AAAHHHH!

I am no longer able to shave because we have found a direct link between beards and shooting scores. We have found that the adoption of a tactical beard helps a great deal with shooting. Unfortunately Steph can't grow one but we have managed to source a baseball cap and beard assembly that Steph can simply slip on. This also doubles as a mirken when Steph goes commando in the winter. I hope to do a youtube upload to show how effective the tactical beard is at some stage. Will show case this with the barrel mounted wind sockometer.

Sorry...

Seriously, that really is quite cool.
21 Sep 2016
@ 08:42 pm (GMT)

Andrew Murray

Re: Straight Shaving
I have already lost a finger, losing a nad is not on the list. Waxing is much safer downstairs, and the regrowth is softer ;)

Did I say that out loud?

But yes in all seriousness, it's turned shaving into something I look forward to, despite the beard in the picture, which is now gone.
22 Sep 2016
@ 06:01 am (GMT)

Cor Nepgen

Re: Straight Shaving
This is the best thing I've read in a long time! hahaha +1 for the tactical beard! hahahahaha

I've recently started getting little more serious with sharpening. It's a bit of a cheat but I really enjoy the Spyderco sharpmaker. Reprofile on coarser stones and then use the sharp maker to finish at 15* and a micro bevel at 20*.

I am starting to get very interested in the different options for knife steel and their pro's and cons.

Interesting read and laugh thanks!

Cor
22 Sep 2016
@ 10:17 am (GMT)

Andrew Murray

Re: Straight Shaving
Cor,
If it works, go for it! I learned to sharpen just by hand but it is something that I occasionally stuff up. I like to use those hand-held wheels (the ones with the different coloured wheels with the grooves) for coarse work and setting a proper bevel then finer stones once that is done.

For my razors it's actually a lot easier as you just lay the spine and the edge on the blade. I use electrical tape on the spine to prevent it wearing down. that said, if you make a mistake and nick the edge or something of that nature, you generally need to go back a long way in your progression to fix it.

I'm not too sure of the steels involved in modern knife making but I do know a few custom knife/razor makers that make their own steel in a very similar style to the Japanese and their Tamahagane (tum-uh-hug-uhn-ee), the steel used to make katanas and other traditional swords/knives. Interestingly, these days the Japanese govt limits the amount of ore that can be mined to make tamahagane making it very expensive at swordsmiths will bid on the best pieces for their work.
22 Sep 2016
@ 10:18 am (GMT)

Andrew Murray

Re: Straight Shaving
Spine and edge of the blade on the stone, that should say.
22 Sep 2016
@ 02:37 pm (GMT)

mark korte

Re: Straight Shaving
Andrew - considering your "avatar" it doesn't look like you get much use out of those beautiful razors. I would think a quick touch up on the edge would last quite some time!
22 Sep 2016
@ 03:06 pm (GMT)

Paul Leverman

Re: Straight Shaving
Nathan - here in the True North, we have found that the tactical beard is not the way to go. While on the face of it, it would appear to be the premier choice, many shooters here have found that the back and butt fuzz is much more reliable, usually because we are shooting with the wind and it keeps us warmer.

Not saying that the tactical beard is bad, it does have it's advantages. For instance, after dogsledding for a day and a half, it has usually shaped and frozen into the typical bipod configuration. But after a few dozen rounds, the barrel heat starts to melt and cook the tobacco juice, which gets pretty ripe, and it alerts the game to your presence.
22 Sep 2016
@ 09:44 pm (GMT)

Andrew Murray

Re: Straight Shaving
Quote:
Andrew - considering your "avatar" it doesn't look like you get much use out of those beautiful razors. I would think a quick touch up on the edge would last quite some time!


Yes, this my winter, erm, tactical beard. I'm currently bare faced. The beard went about a month ago but I didn't have any photos in my avatar bank of me clean faced. The photo is from about 2 months ago.
23 Sep 2016
@ 05:50 am (GMT)

Cor Nepgen

Re: Straight Shaving
I think we need a video illustrating the advantages of the tactical beard vs the back and bum fluff... Hey Nathan? hahaha This thing is the best I've read in a long time!

This thread got my interest up I have to admit, might just look further into this shaving thing.. (at the moment I just trim it once week and mow it over at a number 2 clipper every 2 weeks).

I think in very simple terms the sharpness is about geometry. So the thinner the blade the better it cuts. Hence your explanation of lying the blade almost flat. Then you need a steel that will support such a thin profile and would easily sharpen to a mirror finish. Add a couple of passes on a strop and happy days.

Hunting knives are a bit different because you expect the blade to retain its edge (not roll over, chip etc) while performing much rougher tasks. So the sharpening angle changes and your looking for a steel that would be harder and more aggressive in cutting.

Really interesting stuff and I am only starting to read up more, still loads and loads to learn. But its interesting and one should always have fun things to learn!

Thanks for the thread, have a good one!
 

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