Today's other mail call was my 3M lapping film from Best Sharpening Stones' website which couldn't have arrived at a better time because yesterday, I made too many passes with my straight razor on my neck area mainly because I dulled the blade a few weeks back when I made a false move while stropping. So up until now, I've not had anything here to reset the bevel with and to be honest, the 8K side of my Norton 4/8K combo stone is simply not enough for my tough beard. Using this stuff to re hone a straight razor is pretty simple from what I've seen on YouTube. You can use anything to temporarily attach the lapping film to including existing honing stones. What you do is cut the lapping film to the appropriate size. Then take the surface that you will be using and spray it down with water. Next take your lapping film and apply it smooth side down to the surface you're using which can be anything as long as it's smooth. I'm thinking about getting either a piece of smooth 4 by 10 inch marble floor tile or a piece of glass the same size. Next you spray the lapping film with water and using the spine of the razor perform 1 round trip ONLY using a "stropping motion" to make sure the lapping film is flat and there's no air bubbles present and voila you have a honing stone:
I got their sheet kit #2 which goes from 1,800 grit all the way up to 50K grit which will mean an evil edge in terms of being sharp and keen:
I've been hearing about this method and have wanted to try it for quite some time now. Some people swear by it while others question it's capabilities in terms of producing a nice and comfortable edge to shave off of. I'll soon find out. I personally prefer the true honing stones myself because unlike the 3M lapping film, it's good for more than 1 or 2 uses and if you do a lot of honing, the stones will also be a much better choice.