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    Hi
    Thanks Doughboy68 for helping me out.

    I live in Loveland, Colorado. Have been lurking for several months learning as much as possible. Started shaving slowly and still not striving for the perfect shave, just don't want any cuts. I have a personality disorder, I can't tip toe into the pond I have to dive in, found Ebay and have started a collection of razors and hones. I have a Bismark that Lynn sharpened for me and a Dovo from Johnmrson to compare my honing.

    When you bevel set a razor and it passes the thumb test but fails the shave test what grit stone do you fall back to?

    Anybody want to buy any of my excess razors? (said in jest)
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    Welcome!!

    Many of us have the same "disorder" lol!!
    Setting the bevel is only phase one of honing, you have to polish the bevel with graduating grades of fineness. What do you have for hones?

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    Welcome to SRP!!!

    A lot of great folks and info here, as you've seen. Check out the library, a lot of great information there
    Enjoy and have fun!!!
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    Welcome, I feel for you as I also suffer from moderate to severe Razor Acquisition Disorder (RAD), if you do not have one I would suggest getting a loupe to evaluate your edges as you hone. I have a Carlson from Amazon, they are pretty inexpensive and work wonders once you realize what you are looking for at the edge. Bevel set is the foundation and it must be set before moving on in a progression or you are polishing a dull razor. When I hone a blade my 2 tests are thumb pad as well as shaving arm hair. If the razor will not easily take arm hair it wont do well shaving your face. Best of luck.
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    Hello and welcome to SRP.
    Now it just a matter of continuing to learn and developing some finesse.
    Beware...as you may have found out, the rabbit hole is bottomless!
    Have fun here on the forum.

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    My hones:
    Naniwa #220 lapping stone
    Norton 220 - 1000 3X8
    Tatara 3000 - 8000 2X7
    Lapping file 1 and .3 micron
    Strop (from Ebay)

    I plan to replace my strop with the premium leather stop from SRD and use .5 micron chromium oxide paste to replace the .3 micron lapping film.
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    I am running out of arm hair as I have gotten older my hair has gotten sparser. Some razors pass the thumb test and the arm hair test and still don't do well on the face. I have taken these back to the 1000 grit stone and done 10 - 20 x strokes then on through the progression and they are fine. Is there a better way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by boz View Post
    I am running out of arm hair as I have gotten older my hair has gotten sparser. Some razors pass the thumb test and the arm hair test and still don't do well on the face. I have taken these back to the 1000 grit stone and done 10 - 20 x strokes then on through the progression and they are fine. Is there a better way?
    A loupe makes life easier, generally 30x magnification is plenty. This allows you to see that the bevel is fully set and brought to a complete apex. This will also aide in having to test shave and then go back and start over.
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    Welcome.
    As for your honing question there have been some good and specific answers. I have to say the very best way to get the skills you are looking for is to attend meets. I think there are two meets a year in Colorado. If you keep an eye out you might find others that you are willing to travel to.
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    Welcome.
    As for your honing question there have been some good and specific answers. I have to say the very best way to get the skills you are looking for is to attend meets. I think there are two meets a year in Colorado. If you keep an eye out you might find others that you are willing to travel to.
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