View Poll Results: How do you finish your edge?

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  • I finish mainly on pastes

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Thread: Paste finish vs stone finish

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    Default Paste finish vs stone finish

    There are so many finishers out there, and a lot of people use them.
    But a lot of us use pastes after them. I would like to know that how many people are finishing only on hones? I see a lot of people using high end naturals for finishing, but they use paste after it. Doesn't this defeat the purpose of a 200$ natural finisher? Isn't it better, cheaper, and faster to finish on a 8k and paste after it?

    PS: If you make 10 crox passes after a finisher, that counts already as pasting.

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    I do not like a pasted edge
    tryed 5 different pastes and still nothing as good(for me)as an unpasted edge

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    I tried pastes and never liked them.

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    Hones for me too. Up until now I've never found a pasted edge that I preferred. I am curious about cerium oxide though and have never tried it. It's one of those things on my things to do out of idle curiosity list.

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    I like using pastes and sprays after using a finishing hone. I know that many feel that if you use, say, diamond spray after a Nakayama Asagi you no longer have an Asagi edge. There is also the school of thought that pastes/sprays are sort of like cheating. OK, I guess I wouldn't argue too much with either point of view. I just like the results I am getting. This is clearly a YMMV subject.

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    i like to finish on hard felt with .25 diamond spray thats 60,000 grit leaves a very nice edge

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    It is all a progression of abrasives and touch.

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    thats after a stone progression of 1k 2k 5k 8k 12k 16k 0.5 crox (30k).25 diamond spray(60k) leather strop

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    I go for the stones and when I'm done on those I go straight to the leather strop following the KC crew cushion, that's it.

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    Cool

    My normal goto finish on the most razors is 12 laps of 99.98% pure white Cerium Oxide on a 24 inch leather bench strop....

    I use a bench strop because it is way more exact for a light touch, I use leather because it gives a bit... And I was so exact in my description because you have to be.... and even this is my way, it might not work for you... YMMV

    The paste, spray, steel, and medium, that you apply it with can change it from Ahhhhhh to Ewwwwwww so fast it is amazing...

    We talk about wrecking an edge with just 5 extra laps on the finisher when honing yet, some of you guys slap that razor on a Balsa strip pasted with Diamond and have no problem stropping away on that and then have the nerve to make a statement like "I tried Diamond and I found it harsh" well duhhhh...

    If you are going to use paste, at least learn to use it correctly, if you do, then you will open a whole new door to comfort... Or maybe not...



    ps: To the OP you prejudiced your entire thread with your opening statement BTW

    "I see a lot of people using high end naturals for finishing, but they use paste after it. Doesn't this defeat the purpose of a 200$ natural finisher? Isn't it better, cheaper, and faster to finish on a 8k and paste after it"
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