1.16.2013

Pyramid Honing Method

Overview
The Pyramid Honing Method has been written about and demonstrated by Lynn Abrams as he learned it from Don Walters. This post serves to summarize the overall approach. The Pyramid Honing Method provides an incremental process of improving a razor edge and making it "shave-ready." It is most applicable to non-coticule stones. For coticule stones, I suggest reading about the Unicot Honing Method and the Dilucot Honing Method.

Pyramid Honing Method | Image Credit: Straight Razor Place



What You'll Need

  1. Straight Razor
  2. Hone
  3. Water
  4. Tissue Paper or Towel


What You'll Do

  1. Soak the 4,000/8,000 grit stone (e.g. Norton) for 15 minutes.
  2. Spray or rub water along the top of the honing stone.
  3. Perform 25 X-strokes on 4,000 grit.
  4. Perform 25 X-strokes on 8,000 grit.
  5. Perform 20 X-strokes on 4,000 grit.
  6. Perform 20 X-strokes on 8,000 grit.
  7. Perform 15 X-strokes on 4,000 grit.
  8. Perform 15 X-strokes on 8,000 grit.
  9. Perform 10 X-strokes on 4,000 grit.
  10. Perform 10 X-strokes on 8,000 grit.
  11. Perform 5 X-strokes on 4,000 grit.
  12. Perform 5 X-strokes on 8,000 grit.
  13. Perform 3 X-strokes on 4,000 grit.
  14. Perform 3 X-strokes on 8,000 grit.
  15. Perform 1 X-stroke on 4,000 grit.
  16. Perform 3 X-strokes on 8,000 grit.
  17. Perform 1 X-stroke on 4,000 grit.
  18. Perform 5 X-strokes on 8,000 grit.
  19. Dry razor using tissue paper or a towel.


Photos

Pyramid Honing Method | Image Credit: Straight Razor Place


Tips

  1. Make sure you have a proper bevel on your razor before beginning the Pyramid Honing Method.
  2. The pyramids outlined are a general guide. Stroke counts can vary.
  3. Use just the pressure of the blade on the stone while performing the X-strokes, with the blade kept very flat and pressure even throughout. The spine and edge of the razor should be on the stone with even pressure at all times. 
  4. If you have a new razor, you can probably begin the countdown at 15 to 10 X-strokes as opposed to starting at 25. Less strokes are better.
  5. This method applies to carbon steel razors. The process changes slightly for stainless steel.
  6. This method assumes your honing tone is already lapped.


Sources
Lynn Abrams on Honing by Straight Razor Place
Pyramid Honing Guide by Straight Razor Place

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