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    Hi ! I just recently bought a vintage shave-ready Boker which I feel dulled very quickly. The tip won't cut hair freestanding on my harm, and the rest struggles. To me this isn't sharp enough, I would like it to really grip and cut that hair, Am I unrealistic? I have a very tough beard (I get more or less 4 passes out of Astra plat DE's) and I'm thinking that and maybe too steep of an angle cause the blade to dull so fast, as I have read on here. They say don't blame the razor! Well, I'm trying. Anyway after 1 shave I feel it needs a touch up. I already have a "woodstock" 1k/6k that I bought (on Amazon Canada) for my knives. I'm thinking of getting a Chinese 12k and Whipped Dog's poor man's strop kit. I am not a pro and get mixed results with knives. Would this kit get me going for a while? Anyone's opinion is welcome! Thanks!

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    one thing you MUST have is a strop, if you are shaving with a straight razor you need a strop. If it came shave ready then all it probably needs is good stropping. To touch up your razors you can get .5 micron spray (Chromium or diamond but I would suggest Chromium oxide) and spray it on some linen (some use back of linen strop but a lot of options with this I believe). Before and after a shave I strop 20 on linen 50 on leather maybe more I usually just strop for a solid minute and I get in enough passes. My straight razors when they are shave ready I can move razor across my arm hair (blade not touching arm, floating like middle of the hair I guess) and it mows hair down. If you were to invest in a Hone because strop only makes edge last so long even with crox probaly best off with naniwa 12k, chinese naturals are really hit or miss I hear. My razors usually go at least 10 shaves before it needs a touch up but I can make it go a very long way.

    If I were you I would buy a strop with good reviews, CrOx and use that for awhile before buying a hone.

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    make sure it is really shave ready by having it honed by someone who knows what they are doing such as one of the members services listed here.(such as Gssixgun or Lynn at straight razor designs)
    your expectations aren't unreasonable to have a razor that shaves well and stays sharp. As was said a good strop is a must have. If you are already using one than it is possible that as a beginner you have damaged the edge with improper stropping. It's important to take your time.
    I also agree to stay away from the chinese 12k. common advice is to wait until you are skilled at shaving and stropping before trying your hand at honing.
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    I appreciate your feedback gentlemen! Really surprised of your opinions on the C12k, though! The Naniwa 12k is one of those things that seem ridiculously priced priced to me. About 170$ cad for grit in a block.. though currently on sale at paul's finest. I have the feeling I would get a hell of a buyer's remorse if I pulled the trigger on that. What did our ancestors use? I'm sure the common man didn't have expensive stones like that, or did they?

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    Ancestors used a synthetic barber hone (pretty cheap on ebay) or a coticule or a Thuringian. Coticules are still quarried, Thuringians are only available vintage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbu View Post
    I appreciate your feedback gentlemen! Really surprised of your opinions on the C12k, though! The Naniwa 12k is one of those things that seem ridiculously priced priced to me. About 170$ cad for grit in a block.. though currently on sale at paul's finest. I have the feeling I would get a hell of a buyer's remorse if I pulled the trigger on that. What did our ancestors use? I'm sure the common man didn't have expensive stones like that, or did they?
    Use the forum search box, upper right of the page, put in 12K Chinese hone and see how many posts you get. That should help clear up any questions on that hone. I don't own one of those hones so I can't comment on them.

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    You evil, evil shavers.. You made me buy that damn 130$ rock Figured it'd be easy enough to sell if I mess up. Planning on lapping with 600 wet/dry paper. Ok Bob, now I'm curious.. What do you use for honing? Thanks again everyone.
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    Straight razor shaving is a big investment up front usually that pays off later. I would suggest you read on up finishing touch up stones before deciding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbu View Post
    Ok Bob, now I'm curious.. What do you use for honing? .
    I drank the coolaid and went with what the majority seemed recommend, Naniwa hones. They work but then again I am sure others do also. More than one way to skin a cat.

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    Thank you. Hope it works out. Who knows there might be a cheap Naniwa in the classifieds soon I would like to know if I should go over with 1000 or 1500 wet/dry after the 600 or it's enough?.

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