Monday, June 27, 2011

The Big Test

I got all my Hones that i wanted to test.
So time has come !

To call it test maybe is wrong, i just want to show sound, speed, smoothens, mud relies of these hones on video with scratch patterns of edge with microscope pictures.

This is not sharpness test !! And scratch patterns do not tell how good hone is and how is the shave from that hone, i will just like to give people an idea how these stones work.

So what i did that i made video of each stone honed with Kamisori Razor and Solingen western Razor
With mud and finished only with water with little pressure to give some scratch patterns from the stone. This is not how you hone a razor on this hones :)
You need to do it without pressure at all !





1. Coticule La Nouvelle
2. Coticule combo La Petite Blanche
3. Rozsutec
4. La Lune Special stone 
5. Silkstone
6. Thuri y/g
7. Escher 
8. Arkansas ? 
9. Wakasa Kiita Jnat
10. Shoubudani Asagi  Jnat
11. Greek or Turkish  ?
12. Charnley Forest 
13. Ozuku Karasu 

All Microscope pictures was taken under same angle and same light 60x zoom.

Here is a start point from Norton 8000 grit 

Kamisori

Solingen 




1. Coticule La Nouvelle:
Coarse and slow coticule very soft i think it can be used only for pre-polishing ! 




Kamisori

Solingen



2. Coticule combo La Petite Blanche
Very nice coticule very smooth feeling and super fast it is extra hard like it shod be for razors this one is my favored !




Kamisori 


Solingen 



3. Rozsutec
Super hard stone and very slow i need to work more on that maybe it work better with oil Very nice stone for the money only 15 euro :) Arkansas like but harder 




Kamisori 


Solingen 


4. La Lune Special stone 
French razor hone with a lot of glittering very nice looking stone harder then Escher same bounding muddy clay like hone feels very nice and very fine too. Much faster then Escher 

 

Kamisori 


Solingen 



5. Silkstone Razor hone 
Look like slate but feeling and sharpening is not like slate :) More muddy softer and faster, finer then coticule.




Kamisori 


Solingen 


6. Thuringian y/g
Very nice feeling when sharpening like butter super fine hone fastest of Thuris in my collection but maybe because of light color :) 

 

Kamisori 


Solingen 



7. Escher 
Very dark Thurigian dark blue harder then Y/G maybe finer too very nice feeling wile sharpening 




Kamisori 


Solingen 



8. Old Arkansas ? 
Very nice pre-polisher become much faster with usage of oil 




Kamisori


Solingen 



9. Wakasa Kiita Jnat
Super fine stone harder then any western fast for a finisher

 

Kamisori 


Solingen



10. Shoubudani Asagi  Jnat
Very fine final finisher


Kamisori


Solingen



11. Greek or Turkish  ?
Very hard stone hmm.. somehow it become coarse when used on kamisori i think it is bit transformer stone i use it with oil and it feel much better !



Kamisori

Solingen 


12. Charnley Forest
I like that one a lot it is true finisher finest of all western naturals very hard and feels very smooth with oil i used it with water and oil and i decided to use it with oil only .


Kamisori


Solingen 



13. Ozuku Karasu
That one is the fines and the best finisher of all much finer then any of my western and Jnats it will remain my final finisher stone :) Super smooth and very hard like a mirror slurry is super nice if you can get it out of it :)
Others is not even in comparison of fines of this one !! It is ultimate finisher for razors
On the pictures you can see that i did not worked enough on that stone it have deep scratches from other finishers.


Kamisori



Solingen


Ohhh done !!!!

I hope it is helpful for my readers !!

9 comments:

  1. The difference from all the other stones and to the Ozuku is fundamental! I really regret not jumping on your Ozuku offer :) Hopefully I will get an other possibility.

    DarkHOEk

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  3. Looks like your having so much fun :)

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  4. I respect what you're doing here, Max! One thing I am curious about is why would you do all of these testing videos and not explain the shaving outcome of them due to your overall preferences? For example, I would LOVE to see you compare overall edges from a La Petite Blanche Coticule to an Escher to an Oozuku, etc.

    Thanks for your efforts, it is a wonderful website and blog!

    Nick, Disburden on SRP.

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  5. Nick, Disburden on SRP again!
    Another tip, coticules can use oil as a final final polish which leaves a better edge than water IMO, they do not soak in oil.

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  6. Hi Nick
    Like i told in the blogg they are all fineshers.
    But for shave preference i can not show in the pictures :)
    Diffrent people like different edges it depends on skin type and hair, So its very hard to judg
    shaving outcome. And you know different razors like different stones !
    My preference is Ozuku its for sure !! But yours can be different.

    This test just to show sound and feel of hones.

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  7. Question,

    to really test the finish capabilities of each hone, wouldn't you have to come off the the same previous hone every single time?

    In other words, each hone is building off the previous hones accomplishments, correct? Is this fair to all hones?

    Just curious.

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  8. This test is ok, but could have been better.

    First of all you need the same scratch pattern every time
    before you go the last polishing stone. Otherwise comparing
    is not good. Did you do that?

    Secondly the light is not the same height at each result. if
    you look at the turkish and arkansas stone, you can see the
    light is all the way down.

    You forgot the chinese slate stone.

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  9. Thanks for this I found it very interesting, hopefully I can save up to buy a JNAT from you soon =]

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