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  1. All that glitters is not Damascus...

    by , 07-24-2011 at 12:16 AM
    I've noticed on eBay that there have suddenly been a lot of Damascus blades crop up for around the £25 mark, and some of them are actually quite pretty. I can certainly understand why the newer folks might grab one thinking its a good deal.

    I've seen a few of these blades recently which have been sent to me for honing (mostly Wildox branded) and these blades really will not take a shaving edge. The bevels come out a mile wide and wonky, the spines dont make contact with the hone and ...
  2. Nakayama Maruichi Honyama Asagi

    by , 07-23-2011 at 01:30 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by maxim207 View Post
    Hi Alex

    I think you misudestand me, you are right !

    But I was talking about stones avelleble now for razors, sword polishers use some "soft stones" comperd to ones we use for razors !! And they use them on much softer steel, tamahagene sword are made from much softer steel then any of us think And for that steel softer stones is much better and give more contrast to the hamon and makes that sandblasted finish. I did some polish on mine Tamahagene knife with
  3. Daishi Tamahagane

    by , 07-21-2011 at 02:34 AM
    I have tried a few Japanese made western straights before and loved them. The steel used by Japanese for tools , knives, planes, saws, razors is always top quality.
    Because of my great experiences with Japanese straights, I started collecting collecting them, a few weeks back I got myself a NOS Daishi Tamahagane razor.
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    Whether this razor is made from Tamhagane- like steel or not I do not know, but ...

    Updated 07-21-2011 at 02:37 AM by mainaman

  4. Starting a community

    by , 07-20-2011 at 06:47 PM
    I said I'd write some about the things that go into making and managing SRP, and now is as good a moment as any.

    The very first, most important question you have to ask yourself if you want to start a new community is this: 'What kind of people do I want the comunity to consist of, and what will be their purpose'. This little question will be at the root of every decision you will ever make. Failing to have a clear answer will mean your decisions will sometimes hinder or outright ...

    by , 07-19-2011 at 05:10 AM
    A lot of these mini articles originate from customer enquiries. At least once a week I get an email that goes something like this... “Joe, I'm new to Italian shaving products and I can't figure out why the Italians would make shaving soap in 1 Kg loafs? That is a lot of soap!”

    In Italian barbershops, these loafs of wonderful soaps are referred to as “Panetti”. The most popular of these soaps is called P.160, but these can also be found under brand names such as Cella, Vitos and ...