Archive for April, 2014

Straight Razors For Sale @ Jende Industries, LLC!

April 16, 2014

If you’ve read of have been reading this blog over the years, you’ll notice that I tend to shave with sharp implements of destruction from time to time. 🙂  Well, We’re happy to announce that now you can, too! We’ve started a “straight razors for sale” category on our website! So if you’re interested in starting the wonderful journey down the straight razor shaving rabbit hole with an affordable, quality vintage razor, this is the place to find it!

The sport of straight razor shaving is growing, and it is common knowledge that the current mass produced straight razors on the market today are not as good as the vintage ones (not to mention the outright knockoffs and not-intended-for-use razors). Many vintage razors found at auctions and antique shops have often seen years and even decades of exposure to the elements, rust, and improper care; and the scales and pins are often in need of repairs as well. This makes shopping for a straight razor very uncertain if you are new to the game.

On the other hand, there are some people out there who do outright fabulous restores on vintage razors, taking seemingly lifeless junkers and bringing them back to an absolute mirror finish with highly polished scales and beautifully rounded and polished pins. But those razors are not probably not the best choice for your first go at straights either since there is often a learning curve – especially if you plan on honing and/or maintaining your own razors.

So instead, our idea is to take good quality vintage razors that are a little worse for wear – but salvageable – and clean them up enough to make them presentable, but without all the shine, bells and whistles of the very serious restorers out there. This involves getting rid of major rust, but leaving mild patina, re-pinning lose blades to the scales with screws for easy adjustment over time. We will try to keep the original scales, but will make new, simple, but functional scales when necessary. In other words, it looks like your first car – but in this case, the engines on these babies are in tiptop condition. 🙂

We will be adding to the section over time, with pictures and a video that introduces the razor and documents that the razor does actually shave. Here is an example of our first razor, a 4/8 Geneva Cutlery hollow ground razor…..It’s ironic that while I have shaved many times on Youtube, this is my first actual straight razor shave on video! Enjoy!

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KME Sharpener Chosera Stone Introduction

April 6, 2014

Tom Blodgett of Jende Industries demonstrates the Chosera stones available for the KME Sharpener. In terms of guided sharpening systems, the KME is one of the best systems on the market. With the Chosera stones now available for it, it adds a whole new level of versatility. There is a nice surprise at the end, so please do enjoy the video in its entirety. 🙂

In this video, I prepared the initial edge on this knife with the stock KME diamond plates at 22 degrees per side, and then used the 1K, 3K, 5K, and 10K Chosera stones.

There are 8 Chosera grits in all:

400, 600 & 800 are best for initial profiling, repairs and make great transition stones from the stock KME diamond plates. These stones leave an aggressive, toothy edge. The 800 leaves a very good “working” edge.

1K, 2K, 3K are best suited for maintenance and light repair. These stones refine the edge that is on par, and often better than more traditional sharpening levels. The 1K is an excellent “working” edge, and the 2K and 3K leave an edge that easily slices, but still has a little “bite”.

5K & 10K stones are truly polishing stones – they take the sharp from the 1K, 2K, and 3K and polish/refine the edge even further – these are the game changing grits. The knife will slip effortlessly through things, and yes, you can shave your face directly off the 10K. It is a great platform from which to continue on to even higher finishes using the strops and compounds available for the KME.

You can find the KME Sharpener and Chosera stones on the KME website, and the Choseras for the KME are also available from Jende Industries, LLC.