Tips & Facts: Razor Sharpening

slumiGood honing and good stropping are both absolutely necessary for a good straight razor shave. In order to get a clean and sharp razor blade we start off with honing which sharpens your razor. Then we move onto the stropping. The strop doesn’t sharpen the edge of the razor at all, but simply aligns the edge keeping the very thin metal all pointing in the same direction.

Types of hones:

Natural: Natural sharpening stones can be a lot more difficult to come across due to the inconsistency of their origin. Because they are quarried (mined) from the earth, it becomes more difficult to find an ideal shape or texture in the stone. The use of natural stones require using slurry stones to create a slurry (paste-like consistency) to sharpen the razor. A natural sharpening stone is often less aggressive and consequently gives the razor a smoother shave.

Synthetic: Manmade stones offer the consistency that natural stones can not. Often made of a ceramic base for leverage and abrasive powder to form grits, the stone are carefully constructed and often give a sharper, crisper edge. The grits follow a number system which allows for customers to select the level of coarseness they prefer.

 

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Naniwa 12,000 Grit Super Stone in Stand

 

Types of strops:

The types of sharpening strops depend on how they are set and the method used while stropping.

Hanging – These are the only style strops that need to be attached to an immovable object which holds the strop stable while stropping. They often have a hook or loop which affixes to an object and a loop or handle at the opposite end of the strop to hold it steady while stropping. These are the most common sharpening strops.

 

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30 Degree Thin Latigo Natural Leather Strop with Handle, 3″

 

Paddle/Loom – Paddle/Loom strops are relatively uncommon, but are convenient for travelers. The leather strop is affixed to a paddle with an extended handle. These types of strops are as equally as effective as hanging strops, but can be harder to use due to their average size and angle at which the strop must be performed.

 

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Types of Materials used:

Materials: Most strops are comprised of a leather component and a reverse fabric component. The fabric aspect is used to thoroughly clean the razor before using the leather component to actually realign the blade’s edge. There are very many different leathers and fabrics used for razor stropping, below are among the most common:

  • Latigo – Typically, this refers to a special process used to treat cowhide leather during the tanning process. It is generally treated with aluminum salts/oil and leaves the strop slightly flexible, oily and strong.
  • Russian Leather (Juchten) – Russian leather is also comprised of cowhide leather, but has been treated with birch oil during it’s tanning process. The birch oil gives the leather a distinct texture, smell and reddish color. The Russian Leather strop requires less time to break in and even allows for a gentle bare hand massage to prepare it for stropping
  • Fabric – The most common materials used to clean the strop are cottonlinen and hemp.

Take a look at the diagram below from Gentleman’s Shop to see how you strop and what direction you move the blade.
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A fine hairdo makes a fine BYRD

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Okay, let’s get this straight… so there really is a Pomade out there that caters to the surfing lifestyle. Why a pomade if you are going to be going into the ocean anyway? Whats the point..? Read more from this interview we had with owner Chase of BYRD Hairdo products.

1. Where are you located?

We originated in Newport Beach but are now based out of Culver City, CA

2. When did you start this business?

November 2012

3. When did you realize that this is what you wanted to pursue?

Being from Newport, the hub of surf culture, I grew up surfing as an amateur and now professionally with Quicksilver. You could presume that a surfer starting a men’s hair care line with nothing to do in the cosmetics industry is obscure. Having your own look and style and paying attention to your appearance were traits bred in me. In the early stages of high school my friend introduced me to Murray’s and I was hooked on pomades ever since. I feel like things just fell into place after that. Between my surfing career and business, I keep myself busy. It’s a pretty rad thing when work doesn’t really feel like work.

4. Describe a few steps you took to make this happen.

There was never a pomade I loved that catered to my everyday surfing lifestyle being in & out of the ocean. Murray’s take weeks to wash out and all others would sting my eyes and fluff my hair. I wanted a great all around pomade that I could throw in, go surf and come out with the same salty slick. I started making home batches of pomade with melted down beeswax and essential oils in crock pot. After all those failed, I researched a team of chemists to work with on the first Byrd pomade samples. After some months of testing, the idea realized and BYRD Hairdo Products was born.

5. How would you deal with a customer who didn’t know what they wanted?

The Byrd customer is confident in their style but if they were having trouble deciding on a product, we’d point them in the right direction.

6. What are some of your accomplishments as a business?

The Byrd flock has come a long way in a year and 5 months. The latest project in the works is our addition to the pomade collection. Our Matte and Light pomades are soon to launch this summer and we are fired up about them.

7. What do you believe makes a quality product?

You can spend months perfecting details and packaging which are a huge part of positioning your product but when it comes from you, that’s what makes it special.

8. Where do you get your inspiration from?

Surf culture, fashion, traveling around the globe.

9. What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs?

Attitude is everything. There’s a quote from Benjamin Franklin I read whenever I’m in a rut. “I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. “ Maybe attempt #101 will succeed.

10. So you have a Barbershop, eh?

Yes, we have a barbershop here at our office in Culver City but its only operational during the Slick Saturday events we have.

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11. What is Slick Saturday? 

Byrds presents Slick Saturdays once a month at our creative space/ office/ barbershop/ home in Culver City. We provide fine cocktails and fresh cuts to all our friends and fans of Byrd.

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12. Where can readers find out more about you and your work? 

Website: byrdhair.com

Instagram: @byrdhair

Facebook: facebook.com/ByrdHair

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Byrd Products:

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Shop at http://www.pomades.com

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Proraso Shaving Cream, Menthol and Eucalyptus

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A product review is an extremely important part of shopping for a product. We at Royal Shave want to share the reviews and comments from our fellow customers about this product so you get the core response towards this product and can make a decision for yourself whether or not you should buy this shaving cream and/or buy this brand.

Proraso is “A brand that evokes a piece of Italian history ” and this is what our customers have to say about it:

Tim in VA (Suffolk, VA)

“I don’t mind paying for premium products as long as the quality strikes me as being exceptional. But when you get an exceptional product for a middle-of-the-line price, you’ve got yourself a winner. Proraso in a tube is worth having in your line-up. I am impressed by the thick lather and slick consistency, but also the clean finish. The scent is pleasant and low-key.”

Steve (Austin, Texas)

“This was my first experience with tube shaving creams. I was completely amazed at the blast of menthol I felt on my face. This product is much slicker than any canned product I’ve used in the past. Add the blast of menthol to the massage from my badger brush and WOW, my face has never felt so alive, following a shave.”

KMcGovern (Twinsburg, OH)

“Nothing a whole lot new to add; you can’t beat this stuff at any price. It’s nearly the same as the C. O Bigelow, which may be the Old Formula and just a tad thicker, but it is the best darn shaving cream I have ever used in over forty years of shaving. Just follow the directions on all the shaving blogs and you’re good to go. First time I used it with a Fusion, I thought I’d gone to a barber shop; it was an unbelievable difference. Imagine going from a 1969 Volkswagen Beetle to a 2012 BMW 338i. Same level of improvement here, no kidding! I use it with the Proraso Pre-Shave Balm and while I can’t say for certain the balm makes a big improvement as designed, I can tell you it is the best post-shave balm you’ll find!. Maybe Proraso’s After-Shave Balm is good as well, but with this cream, you’re entering a whole new level of comfort & performance. So happy I’ve gone to DE with it: my morning shave is now a spa treatment! Buy with confidence, this stuff works as advertised!”

LM (Kansas City, Missouri)

“There is a reason some things are around forever and this is one of the prime examples. You can spend a whole lot more money but, you can’t get a better product. Easy on the skin and a fantastic traditional aroma. Pair it up with the aftershave balm and you’re ready to start your day in a great mood.”

If you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to ask or comment below. We want your shaving experience to be just as amazing as the above reviews. You can read more review about this product at www.royalshave.com


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Inspired Style: He Spoke Style

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We have followed Brian Sacawa’s blog “He Spoke Style”  for a while now and we are always in awe of his classic style and love for style and grooming. This is captured in his photographs. This week we really enjoyed reading his post about “Shave” where he describes it as ” Also like my morning coffee, I like taking my time and enjoying the process of shaving. It’s one of the few times that I force myself to slow down during the day.”

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Read more here: Shave

What brands do you prefer when shaving and why?

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