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    Unhappy Dent on edge of razor

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    As I was stropping my straight today, I happened to drop my it. I can see a little dent on the edge. Will that be a problem to shave?

    And if it's a problem, what's the solution to it?

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    Don't shave with it, you risk tearing up your face. If the edge is noticeably dented or chipped your only recourse is a honing.

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    Also check to make sure there is no crack in the blade. I speak from some experience here, catching and chipping an edge can cause cracks that span almost the width of the blade. Edge to spine.

    A closer pick of the affected area would be helpful.

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    Your only recourse is not honing. The first step is to try stropping it out. Start on linen. Stop immediately if you are scratching or cutting the linen, but otherwise go ahead and do a hundred strokes. Then go to leather. Watch for scratching of the leather and stop immediately if you see it. Otherwise, do a hundred laps on leather. If you are lucky, and if the edge is fine, and if the ding was slight, then you might rescue the edge that way.

    If you have to resort to honing, then start with back-honing to start to re-align the edge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Utopian View Post
    Your only recourse is not honing. The first step is to try stropping it out. Start on linen. Stop immediately if you are scratching or cutting the linen, but otherwise go ahead and do a hundred strokes. Then go to leather. Watch for scratching of the leather and stop immediately if you see it. Otherwise, do a hundred laps on leather. If you are lucky, and if the edge is fine, and if the ding was slight, then you might rescue the edge that way.

    If you have to resort to honing, then start with back-honing to start to re-align the edge.
    I would have thought with a clearly noticeable dent that stropping would not work and perhaps damage the stropping surface.

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    Back honing! Nice.
    I hadn't thought of that. Guessing you mean to use your finisher and if that don't take it out go down to the next grit and so-on till it gets corrected. Then back up. I ask because I too have an edge with a ding in it. No idea how it happened and the strop didn't correct it so I just marked it as needing work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGeek View Post
    I would have thought with a clearly noticeable dent that stropping would not work and perhaps damage the stropping surface.

    Every day be a learn [emoji13]

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    It does work sometimes on small dings. The odds are low but I think it is the best place to start. Given how small that one is it MIGHT work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasman View Post
    Back honing! Nice.
    I hadn't thought of that. Guessing you mean to use your finisher and if that don't take it out go down to the next grit and so-on till it gets corrected. Then back up. I ask because I too have an edge with a ding in it. No idea how it happened and the strop didn't correct it so I just marked it as needing work.

    I too learned something Today. Well, a couple things.
    Thanks Ron.
    Yes, exactly. The idea is to get it re-aligned before you start removing steel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Utopian View Post
    It does work sometimes on small dings. The odds are low but I think it is the best place to start. Given how small that one is it MIGHT work.
    You do know now that he absolutely must report back [emoji23]

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGeek View Post
    You do know now that he absolutely must report back [emoji23]
    Well, given that he is new and does not have hones, I'm hoping that I was right.
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