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    Default Big Heljestrand...and a few questions

    I just got this big Helje in yesterday. Tapers from 13/16 at the heel to 7/8 at the toe. On the case it came in (which I'm pretty sure is the original) it is labeled as Heljestrand and MK. The razor itself doesn't have any MK labeling as you can see in the pictures. I thought it'd be an MK 33. Anyone know if this was a later Heljestrand? Are they better, worse, different, or the same as the older ones?

    Anyways, it was popping hairs when I got it, so I honed it a bit on a BBW with light slurry, then a coticule with very light slurry, diluted up to a clean coticule and did a buncha laps and finished with an Escher. The shave was nice, but I think I'm gonna run through that one more time to really smooth out the edge. Or I'll wait for a new stone that I just bought...

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    NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICE!

    I don't think they all had MK's. I've seen some without.

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    Nice razor. I can't help you on the markings, sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by holli4pirating View Post
    NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICE!

    I don't think they all had MK's. I've seen some without.
    Thanks Dylan.

    Have you had a chance to compare the marked and unmarked ones? I'm guessing the difference isn't really notable...

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    Very nice blade you've acquired!
    I'd have given it a test run before re honing if it was already popping hairs though. If a blade's already there you're just grinding away metal.
    Enjoy it!

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    Really nice blade! I also have a really fat Helje with no MK, maybe they were a special batch..... Nice shaver though!!!! You are a lucky guy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by heirkb View Post
    Thanks Dylan.

    Have you had a chance to compare the marked and unmarked ones? I'm guessing the difference isn't really notable...
    Sorry, I've no idea. I haven't had a chance to play with many Heljes.

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    No, not mk33, those have different thumbnotch, double stabilizer, and jimps on top of the shank.

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    Well, I do have a some Heljes without any M K or any letter markings. Ive done some research and found out that a M K should be a full hollow ground. But Neil Miller should know more, Ive sent a question to him. This is one of my Heljes without number or letter markings, its smaller than yours though (11/16). PS The scales are custom and in camel bone , so please dont look at them for any reference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ben.mid View Post
    Very nice blade you've acquired!
    I'd have given it a test run before re honing if it was already popping hairs though. If a blade's already there you're just grinding away metal.
    Enjoy it!
    Thanks. I would have tested it out, but it wasn't really popping the hairs evenly along the edge and it felt kinda like a 1k edge from what I could tell.

    Quote Originally Posted by gugi View Post
    No, not mk33, those have different thumbnotch, double stabilizer, and jimps on top of the shank.
    Yea, I noticed that stuff after I thought about it a bit. The MKs have a distinct double thumbnotch look...

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