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    I know it isnt even in the same playing field as the others in this thread but this one isnt in to bad a shape. Name:  uploadfromtaptalk1447046343228.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dcaddo1 View Post
    Here's three NOS arks, two washitas and a Norton India/Black hard combo
    So just after saying that I had no interest in ever trying these, your pictures have been going through my mind and corrupting my beliefs. For someone who has never tried an edge off one, and who knows nothing about them, could you give an opinion on them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankenstein View Post
    So just after saying that I had no interest in ever trying these, your pictures have been going through my mind and corrupting my beliefs. For someone who has never tried an edge off one, and who knows nothing about them, could you give an opinion on them?
    I find the tranlucent and the black hard Ark to be really good for some razors. Similar to a good coticule IME. The washita and the soft Ark are great for pocket knives, but I wouldn't use them for razors. YMMV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankenstein View Post
    So just after saying that I had no interest in ever trying these, your pictures have been going through my mind and corrupting my beliefs. For someone who has never tried an edge off one, and who knows nothing about them, could you give an opinion on them?
    I love arkansas stones. Like Jimmy said above, a good trans edge is like a super charged coti edge. Not quite as smooth as a coti, but has the same characteristic of wanting to cut whiskers and not skin. Some people say they're messy, but on a trans or black you only need a few drops of oil.
    Washitas are one of my favorite stones, but I don't use them on razors, just tools and knives.
    I guess the only downside to a trans other than the initial lapping/burnishing process is that they're painfully slow, but I'm not in a hurry and I enjoy honing so that doesn't bother me.

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    I have shaved with an 20" Khukuri after an translucent edge was put on, scary sharp and cuts like a Lazer.

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    A nailed trans or sb ark edge is one of the ultimate shaving edges. Wedges finished with them are just amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dcaddo1 View Post
    Here's three NOS arks, two washitas and a Norton India/Black hard combo
    I'm curious, what grade of India is lying underneath the black hard Ark as shown? It'd be interesting to know what Norton/Behr-Manning thought was a logical progression in this case. I'm guessing fine India...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brontosaurus View Post
    I'm curious, what grade of India is lying underneath the black hard Ark as shown? It'd be interesting to know what Norton/Behr-Manning thought was a logical progression in this case. I'm guessing fine India...
    At the moment it's the only India I have so I can't say for sure, but I have a labeled fine India in the mail to me, so when it gets here I'll compare the two and let you know. But I suspect you're right about it being a fine.

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