Archive for August, 2009

Adventures with my Maestro Wu pocket knife – Part 2

August 31, 2009

So I went for a walk with my daughter this morning, and on the way there is a baby store. Since the sun was beating down pretty hard on us, so we went inside to cool off a little before continuing.

The store was nicely air conditioned, and they had a little play area with a bunch of toys and even a small double swing. She hit the swing while I hit the massage chair (obviously put there for the dads!) that was in the small seating area for nursing and watching the kids in the play area. We were the only two people in the store, and my daughter was content on the swing – for about an hour. Meanwhile, my back was getting a little sore from so much massaging!

Then it happened – one of the store employees came to the seating area, where there is a little fridge and sink, and asked where the fruit knife was. My eyebrow went up. I didn’t pay too much attention as I figured they had a knife, even though it probably wasn’t worthy of being called so. As the bliss of the massage chair kicked back in, my eyes closed and I quickly forgot about the knife issue. Then my phone rang, and when I answered it, I looked over at the store lady and she was trying to cut a lemon with – wait for it – A SPOON! Really! A teaspoon!

I told the person on the phone I would call them right back – there was an emergency I needed to take care of.

Needless to say, the girl with the spoon was not making any progress, and who knows how long she was trying… I took out my Maestro Wu Mini Folding Knife and called her over to my chair and offered it to her. She looked at me, confused by what was in my hand, and then made the connection (something like OOooh -that looks like it will work faster than the spoon…)

As the lemon was large, and the blade of the knife small (a little over an inch), she ended up doing a cut around the circumference, and the lemon was cut in half. She rinsed and wiped down my blade, and gave it back to me with a smile, and took a sip of her fresh lemon water.

I put the knife back in my pocket, made sure my daughter was still on the swing, and settled back into the massage chair…….I never did call the person back….:)

Shapton Glass over Shapton Professional Stones For Straight Razors?

August 22, 2009

So I’ve recently changed my thinking that the Shapton Professional Stones are the best in any sharpening situation (excepting Lie-Nielsen D-2 Cold Hardened plane blades, for which the glass series is specifically designed). The Shapton Glass Stones, seem to be better suited for straight razors (with some exceptions, though…)

I had my theories for about this for 3 months of so, but only know has it been proven which might be better suited for straight razors. My thinking was this: The professional stones keep their shape longer, therefore the bevel on the straight razor would be “straighter”, while the softer glass stones would produce a slightly rounded or convexed bevel.

It looks like the glass stone theory was correct, but there’s more to it now. I think the consistency of the glass stones’ softness through the series is what allows each consecutive stone to conform to the slight roundness of the bevel in fewer strokes than it would take the professional series stones to either abrade the edge flat and/or conform to the bevel.

Think of it this way, with the Glass series, the stones conform to the edge (making sharpening faster), while the professional series makes the edge conform to the stone (making it take longer). That is why some people have reported the higher grit pro stones requiring more than the usual amount of strokes. This makes sense because little or no pressure is used on the razor when sharpening, so wearing down a pro stone will take some doing – especially at the higher grits.

So armed with this new information, which series is now better for straight razors?

Think before you answer……  : )