How to Hone a Straight Razor | Shaving Tips

How to Hone a Straight Razor | Shaving Tips

All right, we’re going to talk to day about
how to hone and strop a straight razor. Buying a straight razor a traditional straight
razor, which is not an injectable blade you’re going to have to be able to learn how to hone
it, sharpen it, and strop it. The proper way to hone is is you’re going
to get a stone, and you’re going to take the razor, and you make a movement like this on
both sides, so that you get a clean, clean, area and a very soft area, so the blade is
very, very sharp. It’s very, very important to keep your razor
sharp. Don’t over sharpen it, over hone it. And then to finish it off so that there’s
no nicks, or any kind of bumps or imperfections what we do is we take a cow hide strop, which
is about this long, and your going to go back and forth. You’re going to use a pace and that actually
refines the blade, and you just basically strop it like this, and that’s going to make
the blade very, very smooth. One thing about razors today, the old straight
razors are probably made out of carbon fiber material, carbon steel. They basically, you need to sharpen them a
lot more. Today’s straight razors some of them are made
of stainless steel, which keeps it’s edge a little longer. Very, very important, you drop your razor,
you have to get it sharpened. Because the thing is as you see little nicks
or anything like that you may not see is going to cause little nicks on your face, little
cuts. And that’s how you go about honing your straight

28 thoughts on “How to Hone a Straight Razor | Shaving Tips

  1. NEVER stop the straight razor in the manner demonstrated in this video (0:52–0:59). Care must be taken to only flip the knife over on the spine — not on the edge. That is a sure way to cut the strop. Another thing: Carbon steel is not made of carbon fiber (1:05). It is steel with approx. 0.5 to 1.3% carbon. Stainless steel is essentially the same, but also has a high content of chromium. 

  2. do not listen to anything this idiot says. he doesn't even tell how to strop a razor. he's a frigging moron! search Lynn Abrams!

  3. this guy gave no good advice…check out razor emporium Matt will help ya, helped me on this matter!

  4. How "NOT TO" hone a straight razor. This man hasn't a clue! He's holding a Feather shavette in his hand, for crying out loud!

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