Figured I would start a journal and keep it up for a while, maybe.
Anyway, I deadlift RAW in the truest sense. I only use hand chalk or wrist straps (for my later sets). No belt, no suit, nothing else.
I use a hook grip with chalk only for all of my warmups and my first heavy set. This grip (for the uniformed) involves a double overhand grip in which the lifter wraps his thumb using his index and forefinger. It is used primarily by Olympic lifters in because they cannot use a mixed grip or straps when lifting. The hook is a stronger grip than the standard double overhand and weaker than a mixed grip.
As of late I have taken to performing multiple heavy sets with long breaks of 10 minutes or more between sets. I will update my workout as I go (in between breaks).
135 x 9
225 x 6
315 x 6
405 x 1
475 x 1
525 x 3 --- All sets with a hook grip and chalk.
My next set will be 525 using wrist straps and a double overhand grip. The hook chews up the base of my thumbs right where they meet the palm. If I do too many sets I will literally tear them.
525 x 3
525 x 3 again
525 x 2 ---didn't want to push to hard and tweak my already slightly unhappy back
525 x 2
405 x 6 --- That was all for me for the day.