208 got the Stones:

After today's shave that I posted earlier, I went ahead and put some extra time into touching up my gold dollar 208 like I did with my 66. I'm also about to eliminate using electrical tape while honing my own razors. But with that being said, I went ahead and got started:


First I went ahead and soaked the stone. Now this is a combo stone and the directions state that the 4K side requires soaking. But the directions also say that the 8K side does NOT require soaking which is a bit weird in my humble opinion. Since you have to soak the 4K side any way, you might as well soak the entire stone so that's what I did:


I did 100 seconds on each side followed by 15 "X" strokes and my usual 10 round trips to clean up the edge. This is what I did on my Gold Dollar 66 straight razor and it made a world of a difference in the shave. Next I did my usual stropping routine which is 5 round trips on the scrub leather and 15 round trips on the smooth leather. I already know how well it's going to shave because I did the same thing with my 66. Now in reference to the electrical tape earlier, I pulled the tape off before going to the 8k side of my Norton water stone. The edge looked perfect under the glass.

#5 of 2017:

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