How To Hone Your Blade
- Whetstones, such as the Norton 4,000/8,000 Grit Combo. Don’t use a cheap whetstone that you’d use for a knife.
Lay the stone flat with the coarser side up. Find the side with the higher grit count or coarseness. This is the one you want to use to give your razor the proper sharpness.
Place the razor flat on the edge near you. Start at one of the short sides of the whetstone. Both the sharp and blade edge of the razor should touch the stone. Keep the sharp end pointed away from you. Hold the shank with the tips of your fingers. Set a fingertip on your other hand to control the blade.
Sweep the blade along the stone. Use your fingers to push the blade along the whetstone. Keep moderated pressure on the blade as you work. If the blade is wider than the stone, you’ll have to sweep it forward as you move it. Start with the bottom of the blade. Push the top part of the blade onto the whetstone as you stroke.
Flip the razor over and stroke backwards. Roll the razor over onto its back. Don’t touch the whetstone with the bladed edge. Instead, set the razor so that edge faces towards you. Push the blade away from you with the same steps you used before.
Repeat honing until your blade is sharp. You’ll need to stroke the blade about ten times in each direction. Test the blade by lightly dragging it across a moistened fingernail. If it digs in without sticking, it’ll be honed. Don’t continue to sharpen a honed razor or else you’ll damage it. Strop it first before you use it to shave.
- Your blade will stay honed for six to eight weeks. Strop the blade after every shave to maintain the sharpness until honing is needed again.
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