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    Looking for the best sites for products. Oil honing stones, soaps razors etc.
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    Straight Razor Designs or Maggards Razors are both highly recommended for supplies such as soaps and razors. Don't think they sell oil stones but Dan's whetstone is good for Arky's.

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    I live in Europe and im very pleased with Maggards, they have alot to choose from when it comes to sopas etc.

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    Additional sources are Griffith Shaving Goods in NH and The Superior Shave in FL. I have purchased razors from both. I have purchased three hones and a cordovan shell strop from Matt at Griffith (Vermio, Anchor Finishing Hone, and a Yellow Lake Welsh hone that is due to arrive today). They are both full suppliers of shaving goods.

    A good source for synthetic hones is SharpeningSupplies.com. They sell hones from DMT, Atoma, Norton, Naniwa, and Shapton. They are in Middlton, WI so you would get quick delivery in the Twin Cities suburbs.
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    Thanks everyone I will start surfing all these pages
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    Generally "new" natural stones can be purchased directly from the company that manufactures them. True for coticules, arkies, dragons tongue slate, etc... If you want a vintage stone the b/s/t area, Griffith, or the bay may be your best bets if you know what you're looking for.
    The places already mentioned would be my first suggestions for shaving supplies. The Superior Shave also has a somewhat large selection some here have had luck purchasing from him. Though I have yet to find one store which I purchase all my shaving items from and I think most people here would agree. Each store mentioned seems to have their own specialty and best prices in certain sections. Good luck!
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    Take a page from those who have learned the hard way: do NOT try learning to hone if you have not mastered shaving first! The closest you can attempt, and not screw the pooch, is to try to sharpen a vintage razor picked up on the cheap from an antique shop, while only using a pro honed razor to shave with. That is what I did, anyway.

    The fine grit hones used for straight razors are usually only used with water, not oil. But that is a bit of preference in the end. Water, being thinner, provides better feedback on high grits, IMO.

    Good luck, and welcome to the sport!
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    Oh I'm not I'm gonna try and meet some fellows in my area that come highly recommended for teaching the green horns a ting or two and even after I learn a thing or two I'll practice on the Duluth trading company straight razor my wife bought me lol bless her heart she tried. Thanks to Leonard aka sail358 I picked up a McIntosh&co buckeye that I will take good care of
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