So I could not resist and tried her out immediately. I did a dilucot on a virgin Solinger NOS I stowed away for that special occasion. What shall I say .. probably one of my best dilucot results! HHT 2 off the hone and the hairs are flying after stroping. I am really looking forward to that shave tomorrow.
BUT the tactile feedback was really strange! My other La Dressante is very smooth. A clear sensation of metal abrasion just like on very fine sand. This one is different. The sandy feeling is still there, albeit quite less. It seems much harder and the predominat feeling is a really bumpy one. It feels as if there were grainy inclusions. It is also clearly audible. It's not a smooth hiss but much more a rough scratching sound. Resembles a little bit my La Verte which also has that bumpy feeling. But the La Verte gives me that feeling all over its surface. This one gives it along the long side of my working hand which means it does not change if turn the hone upside down. Even more strange its stronger on the pull stroke than on the push stroke. I tried to alter the pression from toe to heel and back because I suspected that there might be something wrong with my stroke and the way I guide the razor on the hone. It did not change much.
Actually, while honing I was fearing that the edge would look like a bread knife. But this was not the case. It was an absolutely clean, straight, and polished edge under the microscope. Maybe it's the razor. The bumpyness seemed actually to come from the blade's back and not so much from the edge.
So here I am. I produced an apparently wonderfully keen razor but I'm quite confused. The feedback is different than any coti I tried before, it is definitely not what I expected from a La Dressante, and it alienates me big time.
I guess I need a Malt now and reflect a bit ...