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Everybody must get cut.

It was a bit of a rollercoaster weekend. There was family drama, good stuff for friends and excellent progress on this whole straight razor thing I've got going.

I'm a one note band at the moment, so I'm going to talk about the razors.

Campbell MFG Co, raw

Over the weekend I successfully took an old hardware store razor from rusty detritus to gleaming tool. The official test of sharpness is if the razor can cut a single hair pushed down by nothing more than the force of the hair's weight. This razor isn't quite there yet -- I've got much learning to do before I can hone that well -- but it is definitely sharp enough to quite comfortably shave with. Which I've done, twice now.

Campbell MFG Co-honed

Today was the real test. Would it be sharp enough after the first shave?

Yes. Yes it was.

I got a very comfortable shave (despite a failed experiment with jojoba oil in my shaving foam).

And then I cut my hand washing the thing.

I present here for your delectation, the sequence and contents of my thoughts.
  1. Ouch.
  2. Oh man, I hope I didn't damage the edge.
  3. That's a lot of blood.
  4. It isn't sharp enough yet, because that stung a little.

After about five minutes of compression it'd stopped bleeding enough to get a nice cyanoacrylate bandage on. It doesn't feel like anything.



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Jun. 2nd, 2011 02:56 am (UTC)
Ouchy! I once cut myself with a straight razon and had no idea I'd cut myself until I was gushing blood. I was in a friend's bathroom, her dad's razor. I was six. Yeah, not a good scene! Ha!
Jun. 2nd, 2011 05:38 am (UTC)
Try working with glass, then you get to play where is the blood coming from this time.
Jun. 5th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
When I used to make glass knives in an electron microscopy class, my teacher always warned us about cutting ourselves on them and said at least one student every year managed to do it.

I, of course, managed to break the mold and rather than slicing myself on broken glass burned myself on a hot glass slide I'd been drying over open flame instead.

Sometimes I'm not sure I should be allowed to spend as much time near sharp objects as I do.
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