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    Default Honing stone - New Zealand

    Hey all,
    Have been bought two blades after constant pestering and one thing I am a we bit lost with is the honing stone.
    First of all, I don't have one and I am wondering what one to get. I have been looking and doing some research and from what I have read I may need a 4000 and a 8000 grit stone, is this correct?

    One of my blades is an old Bengall bought for about $12 which I will be testing on.
    My other blade is a H. Boker of which I will admire until I gain experience.

    So, I had my first shave with the Boker as is said 'shave ready' but I either had the angle wrong (probs) OR it wasn't as sharp as it needed to be. I did manage to shave with it, but not as close and was a slight tug. Nevertheless, I still continued and only had one tiny nick on my chin.

    So apart from my babbling, I need to get a stone(s) can anyone pleeeease give me some advice on what ones to buy or even links of some cheap ones.

    Man thanks,

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    Probably the best two pieces of advice for you initially would be to:

    1) Contact the person you got the Boker from and address the issue with them. If they are in Aus you may simply be able to get it back to them for touch-up/re-honing or they may be able to help you more specifically as they knew the razor's condition prior to you receiving it.

    2) Contact someone that can hone your razor for you:

    Razor Services in OZ by Oz - Straight Razor Place Classifieds

    Honing and Restorations - Australia - Straight Razor Place Classifieds

    .. these are the two listed Ads from the SRP Classifieds that say they are from Australia.

    Once one of these initial steps is successful you'll be able to experience a Shave Ready razor!

    A good place to start looking for more detail on Honing would be here:


    ... and posting in that section will get you a bit more information on Honing whether general or specific. If your razor was Shave Ready and you just needed a hone for maintenance you'd likely be well served by a Barbers Hone. If you are wanting to be able to do the full gamut then there are MANY choices to make and many of them preferential which makes giving a very specific answer quite difficult.

    To get an idea of what is out there and the associated costs take a look at Straight Razor Designs "The Sharpening Center" here:

    The Sharpening Center :

    Personally, I have a Norton 220/1K for repair/bevel set... a Norton 4k/8k... an MST Thüringen... a Llyn Idwal and I've recently acquired what was described as a Black Escher that I've yet to try out yet. So, it is a journey that keeps on going and if you start with a Shave Ready razor from an experienced Honemeister you'll be doing yourself a huge favor and thank yourself many times in the future for a conservative start in the past!

    Best of luck and keep browsing around and watching videos by the dozen... There is so much to learn and each lesson provides both success and frustration so it is always a ride worth taking!


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    Senior Member Suavio's Avatar
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    Hi Munster

    I too have bought a "shave ready" blade in New Zealand that was NOT truly shave ready. Fortunately it was my second blade so I knew what "shave ready" should feel like. That was also my introduction to honing and this site has a bunch of extremely knowledgeable and helpful people!

    I've had dealings with "Gentleman's Blade" for supply and honing services, based in Auckland, and can vouch for them. From memory they charge approx. nz$20 for a single blade.

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