209 On the Stones Again:

Even though I stated in an earlier post somewhere, there's no sense in letting a razor go to waste and collect dust when it can be used. So earlier tonight, I went ahead and re honed my 209. I also ended up retaking some photos because I had forgotten to put my memory card back into the camera. So I started with my Naniwa Professional 600 and basically reset the bevel using my old technique of 40/40, 20/20, 10/10, 5/5 seconds of Japanese style of honing on each side followed by my usual 15 round trips to clean up the edge:

Next I went with my Shapton 12K finisher and I did 2 sets of 40 seconds worth of circles followed by 10 "X" strokes and I diluted the slurry between each session. After I got done with that I went back for a 3rd time and did 52 "X" strokes using the weight of the blade only. After that I took my friend's advice on using the pasted strop and did 60 round trips on the .5 pasted strop. Normally I wouldn't do that many or need to do that many if I was using an old vintage or a brand new premium razor, but with these Gold Dollar and ZY razors, they often prefer the lower grit stones and pastes for a much better edge than you normally would get without them:

After I stropped on the pasted side, I wiped the razor down and did 60 round trips on the clean side of the strop and then after wiping the razor off and rubbing the leather down until it was warm to the touch, I did 60 round trips on the smooth leather of my strop:

I'll find out how well I did on the razor tomorrow and unfortunately I missed out on another razor. Someone had just gotten in and outbid me at the last possible second. So I switched from all listings on my EBay page and went with the "buy now only" listings. And I scored a razor. It will need some cleaning up and re honing for sure, but I've got some plans for it. And before I forget, I finally got the geometry right on the 209. I had 2 parallel lines of slurry on the stone on the last session. One where the spine was and one where the edge was.

Proraso Green & The Shield:

Man oh man that shave was excellent. After a nice, hot and relaxing shower, I went with a modern day classic, Proraso Green  which has an i...