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Bart Torfs (Bart)
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From: Belgium
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iconclovis:
Being the kind of person I am, I'd love to see some evidence eg microphotgraphs of edge to see a shape change, blind shave tests, something else? Otherwise we're on a slippery slope to pyramid power, sorcery and hogwarts "swish and flick - razor reparo!"


To my knowledge, the only device capable of revealing the effect of stropping and blade rest is a scanning electron microscope. I've been known to inquire what such an apparatus would cost on the second hand market, but even if we could raise the necessary funds, it's not the kind of equipment that you put on a counter top and start using.

But there was this simple observation, that you can make at home. It's called "the HHT". Use the same hair to probe the keenness of your razor at three different times: the freshly stropped razor right before the shave, the same razor immediately after the shave, the same razor 24 hours later. Having done that a couple of times, I know my observations. I don't believe in sorcery, hence their must be something going on that adheres to the laws of physics. Coming up with a possible explanation is called scientific speculation. It has little to do with magic.

Kind regards,
Bart.
Then the light shone, trumpets sounded and I got to the other side, where men shave with smiles on their faces, razors pop hairs, and a continuous choir singing «~~Keen and Smooth~~» is heard everywhere. (Matt)
2011-10-09 17:12
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AlanII
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This is the most interesting thread on the subject (resting the blade) that I have ever read. I'm a sceptic but have no reason to disbelieve your observations, Bart. I'm bald as a coot so HHT is not something I use. Is it possible that the residual moisture on the blade is giving the bad results immediately after the shave?
2011-10-09 17:26
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Bart Torfs (Bart)
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From: Belgium
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iconAlanII:
Is it possible that the residual moisture on the blade is giving the bad results immediately after the shave?


I don't think so, because I always meticulously dry an edge prior to the HHT. (I noticed while watching Gary's recent honing videos that he spends equal care at drying the edge). But if there was a sort of residual effect in spite of our efforts, I believe we would have long noticed that from the HHT's we perform after honing.


Kind regards,
Bart.
Then the light shone, trumpets sounded and I got to the other side, where men shave with smiles on their faces, razors pop hairs, and a continuous choir singing «~~Keen and Smooth~~» is heard everywhere. (Matt)
2011-10-09 18:33