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    I am a very simple person. This transfers over to how I hope my blades. I have Norton's water stone set that goes down to 8k. After finishing with the 8k, I hit my blade on a Swaty stone a few strokes then finish on a 3 sided strop block ( the 4th side is a stone I never use). I do own a coticule stone but I find it isn't needed. When I first started I was a little anal and would inspect blades with a USB microscope.

    This is just my process. My barber is well into his 70 and gave me great advice about technique so maybe that is why I have good luck keeping everything basic and simple. Believe me, if my razor didn't cut like a hot knife through butter, I would not me using it.

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    Sometimes simple is very good, a good friend of mine uses a 1K and JNAT finisher, that's it two stones and edges are excellent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ktinch View Post
    I am a very simple person. This transfers over to how I hope my blades. I have Norton's water stone set that goes down to 8k. After finishing with the 8k, I hit my blade on a Swaty stone a few strokes then finish on a 3 sided strop block ( the 4th side is a stone I never use). I do own a coticule stone but I find it isn't needed. When I first started I was a little anal and would inspect blades with a USB microscope.
    I've gone from very complicated to simple. I have a B&L stereo microscope that I used to use for inspecting tattooing needles when I was in the biz. Adapted that for inspecting edges when I began honing. I haven't looked at it in years. A 30x eye loupe is fine for me. I have gone beyond Norton 4/8, but still use mine sometimes. Nothing wrong with simple, especially if it works for you.
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    I have stopped using the loup as well. A Norton 4/8 then, depending on the razor, a Swaty, Coticule, or a Thuri. Then canvas/linen and strop. I find this works for me. I have other rocks but this is all I have found needed for 99% of the time.
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    Nothing wrong with keeping it simple. At the end of the day most probably don't need more than 3-4 hones. Paste optional. Most of my honing is done on Norton single grit 1/4/8 hones. I have a slew of naturals because they're fun to play with. But the Nortons are the workhorses of the hone collection.

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    Simple rules the day. Life is complicated enough as it is. 4/8/ then 12 for a little smoothness. Never could see what I was supposed to see with a loupe so I use my thumbnail, linen, and strop and final test is the shave. Good shave, on to the next one. If not redo.
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    I'll jump in here as well. Went crazy with HAD when I started a long 2-3 months ago. Meet with Victor got great tutelage, then went to the meet met and talked with those great guys. Now I feel I have a better understanding of how it works. For the last week I've been using/learning my coticule. Bevel to finish is leaps and bounds every razor.


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    Simple is good! I have several stones, different types, Arks, Belgian coticule ,cnat... and a couple different synthetic water stones. Id like to get down to a simple progression, After reading much on this forum it sounds like the 4k/8k Norton has a large following as a base or starting point. Im looking at that and the Shapton Kuromaku in 5k and 8K, similar in price, I do like the thought of the Shaptons being two separate stones instead of the two sided Norton.
    Any thoughts from the gurus?
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    I think unless you offer honing serviced and want multiple finishing options for customers just one finisher that you like is perfect. I have tried some jnat/coti/Thuri and atm my Thuri bout is my favorite stone. I have been selling what I have not been using and I am a happy camper. Eventually will just be down to naniwa 1,3,5,8,12 and my Thuri. And only reason I have Nani 1-5k is because is so I can try out different razors that don't always come with set bevel. If I were to just keep current razors I would have naniwa 8k and Thuri and be good
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    Quote Originally Posted by BWH1980 View Post
    I'll jump in here as well. Went crazy with HAD when I started a long 2-3 months ago.
    I got by just fine for about 5 years with just a couple of barber hones. Then I found this place.

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