Gold Monkey Rehoned:

This morning's shave was pretty rough due to the razor pulling and tugging something fierce. So after I got my shave cave cleaned up and everything that I used put away, I performed a full blown stropping session on my Gold Monkey razor and then I glassed it. Not good was a collective understatement and I could definitely tell that the bevel HAD to be reset so I killed the edge and then I performed another full blown stropping session and then re glassed it:


Now after doing 2 full blown stropping sessions, I did 200 round trips, followed by 50 seconds then my usual 20/20, 10/10, 5/5 seconds then 10 more round trips or "clean up strokes" on the 4K side of the stone which is just about gone:


On the 8K side I did things a bit differently because unlike my Gold Dollar 208, the Gold Monkey triple 6 likes more time on the stones. I guess it's due to a different metal and/or alloy mixture which proves that NOT every razor will hone the same way. I performed 300 round trips on the 8K side followed by the usual 40/40, 20/20, 10/10, 5/5 seconds and then did 10 clean up strokes. After that I did yet another stropping routine. I did 5, 10, and 20 round trips on my starter strop followed by 40 and 100 round trips on my latigo strop. The "hanging hair test" says that the razor is shave ready and then some. But I will know for sure during my next shave with it.

Retiring The Track 2:

This will be breaking a lot of people's hearts, but I'm retiring my 1970 Gillette Track 2  to my collection and will no longer be u...