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convex bevels

Is there solid data which support the following that can be referenced to in this article? This is treated as opinion and myth by many respected straight razor users. Specifically, can pasted strops round a razor's bevel to such a degree that the disadvantages listed below can be achieved in a short period of time with no more than casual effort?


  1. Changing a triangle into an arc, per definition removes the most material near the tip of the triangle. Since the tip of our triangle is directly connected to the edges sharpness, convexing is highly effective for gaining keenness.
  2. The abrasion, primarily taking place at the very tip of the triangle, aka "bevel", allows for very fast removal of steel. Fast enough so that we can use extremely fine abrasives and still be able to actually alter the shape of the bevel. (which is imperative for having any sharpening effect). Those same fine abrasives would be virtually useless in gaining keenness, when used in hone-form, simply because a hone doesn't divert most of its abrasive action to the tip of the bevel in the way a pasted strop does. 


  1. Once the bevel is arc shaped, the very edge can no longer make contact with the flat surface of a hone. Not without resetting the bevel first.
  2. Since the abrasion is done with the edge trailing on pasted strops, the very tip of the bevel will be composed of bur-like steel, which isn't as durable. It depends a bit on the abrasive medium used, but in any case, part of the obtained keenness will disappear within very few shaves. The wow-effect of a pasted edge usually lasts but one or two shaves.
  3. With each touch-up the edge becomes more arc-shaped. One can try to avoid that, but that also robs the process of its main advantages. In the end, the arc become so rounded, that the shaving comfort will be seriously compromised, and a lot of work to recreate flat bevel panes will be needed. 

"What tools do I need" is becoming a frequently asked question. And I do not know a good answer

There is a thread somewhere (BeBerlin 17:13, 5 December 2008 (UTC))

Cannot quite find it, but I believe it's in the workshop subforum.
Or what are you referring to?

adding a comment - testing

I'm sure there is an answer in the workshop forum. As I don't actually restore razors, I am hesitant to simply repeat what others have said about it unless I can find a comprehensive post or thread in the forum regarding at least the kinds of tools necessary

"cross grain" = "against the grain" or "across the grain"?

In the section, "Does the length of a blade matter?" the phrase "cross grain" is used, and I can't really tell whether it here means "across the grain" or "against the grain." I was just scouting around adding links to the acronyms "w/x/atg." For now, I added the acronym "xtg."

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