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    Question Please help ! I have a honing question

    I'm trying to hone my Mach III razor-blade, but I want to create the best possible system. I'd love your advice and help guys.

    This is what I have right now --> Reddit Question - Imgur

    Its a strip of leather on recycled redwood with chromium oxide powder & wood glue.

    Here are my thoughts -->

    Is there a particular type of leather that'd be best?

    Do you think that chromium oxide is the best powder I can use? The goal here is that I want to get myself the best life on my Mach III, so I'm willing to spend the money to have an awesome shave.

    What are your thoughts with balsa instead of leather?

    Also, here's the process I'm using now. I'd love any and all advice !
    1) Casing
    2) Wetting
    3) Drying
    4) Rolling
    5) Drying again

    Then, I glue it to the redwood and its good to go.

    Do you have any tips on the best process to go through? Any tricks with any of the steps?

    I would really love any and all information you could share with me. Thanks so much !!!

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    I'm sorry I can't help. I've never heard of such a procedure. The reason I came here is that I wanted a better shave, a gentleman's experience. Once that straight touched my skin, I never turned back. No more cartridges or disposables for me. Way too expensive for limited returns.

    Sorry I couldn't help.
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    I feel like this topic may start an SRP riot.

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    I don't know why you would search out advice on honing a disposable razor on a straight razor website;

    other than your intent is less than sincere.

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    Please see my post in the other thread you started that is the same as this one.
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    If you don't mind me asking, what is your end goal?

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    My end goal is to be able to make my personal razor last longer. I'm all about neat life-hacks and I think this could be cool for me

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    Since I didn't receive a response to my PM to you, but instead you started a thread, I will post it here again, and add emphasis:


    Your razor is not designed for honing, but rather for replacement of the cartridge when it stops being sharp enough.
    I have no idea what that implement on your pictures or the adhesive are.



    Quote Originally Posted by KnivesFanatic
    Hello,


    I'm trying to figure out this material for honing my razor. I have a mach III and I want to know the best material for it. Can you let me know what material it is in these photos? I'd love to know both what the black material is and what the adhesive is. Do you think there might some sort of spray on it too? If you have any idea where I can buy it, that'd be great too !


    Reddit Question - Imgur


    I'd really love your advice. Thanks !


    Have a good one.


    Sincerely,
    Jacob

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    Quote Originally Posted by KnivesFanatic View Post
    My end goal is to be able to make my personal razor last longer. I'm all about neat life-hacks and I think this could be cool for me
    We've found the solution to that shaving dilemma ........ the straight razor. See the SRP classifieds.
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    While I am not quite sure what happened to my post is in the other thread I will go for it again here.

    I am only surmising on this since I do not have any evidence to back it up. I would say that honing a cartridge on a stone or as you are describing stropping it on a pasted strop will not extend the life of the razor and give you the best shave possible. My reasoning for this is based on I believe that most if not all cartridge razors use a blade that is coated and then sharpened. This coating will be removed by any abrasive that it is ran across exposing the base metal which more than likely is not suitable for a nice shave. This is based on a comparison to DE razor blades that do display this characteristic. I may be off my rocker with this but it would not be the first time.

    Perhaps try a DE, double edge, razor that the blades cost much, much less than a Mach anything. I do applaud you wanting to adventure into a new endeavor.

    Good Luck!
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