Straight Razor Series: Diamond Sharpening Pastes

Straight Razor Series: Diamond Sharpening Pastes

We’ve already broken down traditional sharpening pastes, but we’ve received a lot of questions about diamond sharpening pastes. We’re breaking down diamond sharpening pastes a little more, so you’ll know when, and how, to use them. Background As the steel-making craft improved, making razors harder than the materials used to sharpen them, traditional paste materials began to meet their match. This contrast of a softer grit against a harder blade is counterproductive; it dulls rather than sharpens a blade. Fortunately,…

Straight Razor Series: Sharpening Pastes

Straight Razor Series: Sharpening Pastes

One of the best ways to sharpen and smooth a straight razor is by using a sharpening paste. Simply put, a sharpening paste is a compound that varies in abrasiveness. The micron of sharpening paste measures the size of abrasive grain used. How to Use Sharpening Pastes To restore a straight razor sharpness, a progression of sharpening pastes is used. Starting with a coarse grit paste makes removing residue easy and is a quick way to prepare the blade for…

Sharpening Stones: Micron & Grit

Sharpening Stones: Micron & Grit

It can be overwhelming, and slightly confusing, picking out the correct sharpening stone. We want to simplify the selection process by making it easier to understand, and identify, the differences between microns and grits. The micron of sharpening stone measures the size of abrasive grain used. The higher the micron, the coarser the stone. In contrast, a stone’s grit represents the overall coarseness of the stone. The lower the grit, the coarser the grit. Choosing the Right Stone COARSE STONES Coarse…

How To Sharpen Kitchen Knives: Knife Sharpening Tips

How To Sharpen Kitchen Knives: Knife Sharpening Tips

Learning how to sharpen kitchen knives can be tricky. If you sharpen the blades incorrectly, you are apt to ruin the blade. Sharpen too frequently and you’re cutting the life of your knife in half. These knife sharpening tips give you insight to this process for both Japanese blades and other blades.

Straight Razor Series – Comparing Grinds

Straight Razor Series – Comparing Grinds

As our Straight Razor blog series continues this week, we’re explore blade grinds. We’ve broken it down to highlight the main aspects of the grind. What’s the Grind? Simply put, the grind is determined by a blade’s hollowness. Blades that have a thinner edge have a hollower grind and vice versa. Grinding Methods Grinding methods refer to two aspects of the razor. The first describes the curvature of the straight razor’s cross section. The second involves the blade’s final shape…

FAQ’s – Straight Razor Shaving

FAQ’s – Straight Razor Shaving

I want to start using a straight razor, what should I do? We get a lot of questions from our customers who want to learn more about the basics of straight razor shaving, so we’ve put together some FAQ’s on straight razor shaving to help! Happy Shaving. Which straight razor should I use? If you’re new to wet-shaving, starting modestly with a 5/8” or a 6/8” blade, like the Boker King Cutter Straight Razor 5/8”, or something similar is ideal. You want…

Stay Sharp with Shapton

Stay Sharp with Shapton

Shapton is the world leader in producing high-quality and durable sharpening stones. Known for their impressive sharpening capabilities and unique composition, Shapton has proudly served its customers for over 50 years. Offering both glass and whetstone sharpening products, we will be taking a closer look at their new Kuromaku Professional Stones.   Design Combining abrasives, like silicon carbide and alumina, with binders and other composite materials, gives Shapton stones their durability and longevity. Another defining feature of the Shapton stone is its exclusive design….

Choosing the Right Leather Strop for Your Straight Razor

Choosing the Right Leather Strop for Your Straight Razor

Chances are good that you’ve seen a barber using his strop, either in the movies or while you’ve sat in the chair; he deftly sharpens and polishes his straight razor to perfection, ready for use. But these leather accessories aren’t just for barbers and movie stars. If you have a straight razor, you should also be using a strop at home to keep your blades in tiptop shaving shape. With repeated use the blade of any razor gets dull; after honing…

Finding the Perfect Pocket Knife

Finding the Perfect Pocket Knife

With all the variety we see in pocket knives, deciding which is the right one for you can be a sure headache. Depending on your needs, you may need a multi-purpose knife or a single, trade-specific one. Distinguishing between a cheap and well-made blade can also warrant confusion. Below, we’ve outlined all the specifics to consider when shopping for your perfect blade. Fixed Blade vs. Folding Blade While knives with fixed blades are by and far the strongest, they’re not…

Learning to Strop: A Short and Succinct Guide to Straight Razor Maintenance

Learning to Strop: A Short and Succinct Guide to Straight Razor Maintenance

Practitioners of classic shaving should be all too familiar with the painful embarrassment that blunt razor blades can inflict on their faces. As a result, it is no coincidence that practitioners have come up with all manner of methods to help them maintain a sharp edge on their razors, with one method being the practice of stropping. Although said practice was once limited to professional barbers in their barbershops, modern consumers have access to all of the tools and supplies…

Straight Razor vs Safety Razor: Pros and Cons

Straight Razor vs Safety Razor: Pros and Cons

For beginners, using a straight razor can seem daunting because the learning curve is steeper than with a safety razor. However, for some gentlemen, there is simply no substitute for the close shave that only a straight razor can provide. For these men, shaving using a cutthroat razor is a labor of love, and they learn to savor the routine. Time is one of the considerations when choosing to use a straight razor or a safety razor. Some men believe…

How to Sharpen Razor Blades and Make Them Last Longer

How to Sharpen Razor Blades and Make Them Last Longer

If you are a sophisticated man who appreciates a smooth shave, then you may find yourself wondering how to sharpen razor blades. You may be surprised to learn that some shaving enthusiasts warn that sharpening modern double-edge blades is not recommended, as this causes them to lose their protective titanium or chrome coatings. They claim that these films can also deposit on the sharpening device, ruining it. Fortunately, DE blades are affordable so you will be able to replace them…