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Thread: My progression on a Thiers Issar

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    Default My progression on a Thiers Issar

    I'm still new in the honing "business" but since I'm using a microscope I feel like making a leap forward towards my perfect edge.

    This is my latest honing session with a postive, nearly great test shave.
    However there still is room for improvement !


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    Great pix. Very clear and interesting.

    Were these straight off the hone or stropped?

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    Modern Thiers Issard razors with Carbonsong C135 steel can be a bear to hone as the steel has 1.35% carbon, far higher than most razors. However, once you figure it out, the steel holds an edge well and gives a great shave. Even though you are new to honing, it looks like you are well on the way to figuring it out. A microscope is helpful, but it does not tell you everything as you are not examining the apex of the edge.

    Remember, though, that the key is achieving a good apex during the bevel setting process. You should be able to shave arm hair at skin level after bevel setting. The remainder of the honing progression removes the scratches left behind by your bevel setting stone, making the edge keener and smoother.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RayClem View Post
    Modern Thiers Issard razors with Carbonsong C135 steel can be a bear to hone as the steel has 1.35% carbon, far higher than most razors. However, once you figure it out, the steel holds an edge well and gives a great shave. Even though you are new to honing, it looks like you are well on the way to figuring it out. A microscope is helpful, but it does not tell you everything as you are not examining the apex of the edge.

    Remember, though, that the key is achieving a good apex during the bevel setting process. You should be able to shave arm hair at skin level after bevel setting. The remainder of the honing progression removes the scratches left behind by your bevel setting stone, making the edge keener and smoother.
    This is still the hardest thing in my learning process, knowing for 100% sure the bevel is set.
    I do a TNT and my interpretation is that if it grabs my nail it's OK. Arm hair shaving at skin level is also working ...
    And still I'm not Always sure as the end result sometimes is not sharp enough for me, but that could also be that my progression is "too fast".
    I'm Always scrared of the "over-honing" monster haha, shapton glass stones are quick they say, only 20-30 strokes need they say, so I try too stay close ...

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