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    and a coticule would be more like a barber's or a 12k? thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ganboyi View Post
    and a coticule would be more like a barber's or a 12k? thanks.
    Maybe a premature diagnosis but I think you have the symptoms of the onset of HAD (hone acquisition disorder) A coticule is a different animal and is cool to have in it's own right. Grit rating is debatable and individual within parameters but in general a coticule with water only is a finisher. IME it is not quite up to a 12k on average but due to the shape of the garnets that form the abrasive it will provide a sharp and a smooth edge. With your setup I would still get the 12k for now and add a coticule later to experiment with and provide a bit of variety.
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    hahahaha i was just about to say, does the HAD in JimmyHAD stand for exactly that... thank you. and another question while your here. is there a reccomendation on using say a norton combo 8k/4k with a naniwa 12k or should it be norton and norton, naniwa and naniwa. hahah random question i know

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    Quote Originally Posted by ganboyi View Post
    hahahaha i was just about to say, does the HAD in JimmyHAD stand for exactly that... thank you. and another question while your here. is there a reccomendation on using say a norton combo 8k/4k with a naniwa 12k or should it be norton and norton, naniwa and naniwa. hahah random question i know
    I sometimes use the Norton 4/8 and follow up with the naniwa 12k or a Shapton pro 15k. Sometimes I go all naniwa or all shapton pro. If Norton made a higher grit finisher I'd probably do all norton when I was starting with them but they don't so we mix it up. I also sometimes follow the nortons with naturals, coticule or escher. With the naniwas or shaptons I tend to stay within the brands during the progression but even there I will sometimes follow the naniwa with the Shapton pro 30k. No rules, just try stuff and see how it works for you.
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    cheers jimmy, will do.

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    Im with glen on the barber hone, a swaty 3 line was the only finisher I had until I got my coticule. But when I did get the coti WOW did it make a difference. It is really easy to get a wire edge on a barber hone as well. They are fun to play with though.

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    I'm have the same question, and trying to learn from others in the same boat.

    I read the Wiki and it read:

    "The Norton 4/8 Combo is still a good tool for a new person to learn to hone with, but the Naniwa Super Stones really seem made for straight razors"

    "a set of 1K, 5K, 8K and 12K should provide a lifetime"

    "Shapton Glass stones are certainly a good alternative to the Naniwa Super Stones"

    Therefore it looks like the top choices are Naniwa #1, Shapton #1, Norton #2. Maybe DMT fits in there somewhere too.

    Maybe someone can chime in and help narrow down the choices.

    Jake

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    I'd go for the combo plus 12k naniwa. thats all you will need. Like some one said add a coticule when you have masterd the naniwa's. then you will have a natural polisher.The coticule is'nt easy to learn on. And they can vary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ganboyi View Post
    Hi Glen - or anyone else actually,

    Do you think getting a crappy double arrow / gold dollar (unhoned direct from a Chinese seller) and using that to practice on would be a good exericise that could be done with A Naniwa Superstone 3000 & 8000 Grit Combo Stone with a Naniwa Superstone 12000?

    Thanks!
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    I think it is a very good idea to use a "disposable" razor to practice honing. It takes awhile to get the muscle memory down, and it is easy to accidentally lift the razor and mar the bevel on the edge of hone in the beginning.

    When I started, somebody on this site sent me a double arrow razor for free, under the condition that when I was done with it I'd send it to somebody else to practice honing... I've already fulfilled my obligation, but I hope you can find a cheap or free DA...

    -Chief

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