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    Quote Originally Posted by MikekiM View Post
    I don't consider myself wealthy by any stretch, but I am far from cheap. I've been given the opportunity to learn the 'buy quality, and buy once' lesson a whole bunch of times, but sadly, I repeat the mistake of trying to cut corners. Having said that, and with no experience with the Super Stone, I bought the King (will sell it shortly) and will likely buy the Chosera. It is a harder stone, had better feedback than the King, and unlike the King, doesn't need to be soaked. I don't know enough to tell you which one to buy, other than realize that the bevel set is arguably the most important step, so spend as much as you feel comfortable.

    Yup...500 miles certainly puts a kink in face-to-face meetups. Today's technology can help closed the distance. Skype, Glance.net, Go-to-Meeting and such might be useful. Not as good as being there, but better than YouTube University or the single dimension of the written word.
    Yeah you are right on that "buy quality buy once" thing. Thanks for the tips. I will have to think about that for a while

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ludvig View Post
    Thank you very much for the advice The chosera have a pretty hefty price tag though. Aren't the super stone 1k a pretty decent stone at about one third/fourth of the prise of the chosera?
    I looked at members in my country and the result was 87 members. And I don't know more exactly where they live and if they are able/want to teach. Most likely the nearest one is 500 miles away (that's what experience and probability says, but that could be wrong for once).
    Any stone from Naniwa, Norton, or Shapton is a quality stone and will serve you well and I have owned and used all of their 1K stones.

    As far as finding someone nearby, just putting your country in your location doesn't help much...Sweden is a pretty good sized. Add your city or a nearby city. Send a blanket PM to those you know are from Sweden and ask them how far they are away from you...you might get a pleasant surprise. If you don't, at least you tried. By modifying your location you might be able to help the next new person to straight shaving out...
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    I wish I knew about this forum before I attempted to hone my first razor... that didn't go so well as it involved a belt sander with a 1K belt designed for honing kitchen knives. I thought "hey if my knives can shave my arm hair then this will do the trick"... NOT.

    Now I have a set of Shaptons and know how to set a bevel which IMO is 90% of the trick to honing. I hone with two hands so I can vary the pressure across the length of the blade precisely to get even bevels, I use tape religiously and change it fanatically so I'm always "on the edge." I like to use a rolling stroke even on razors that don't necessarily need one because I like to hone the heal and toe where they round off. I always use a heal leading stroke and alternate straight strokes with X strokes. All these little nuances have got me to a point where I can get it right 90% of the time finishing on a 30K Shapton. I took me months to get there but persistence and a lot of eBay "victims" got me there. I still haven't cracked stainless... I'm beginning to think you just can't get as good of an edge on SS as you can on good old carbon steel from the early half of the 20th century.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shooter74743 View Post
    Any stone from Naniwa, Norton, or Shapton is a quality stone and will serve you well and I have owned and used all of their 1K stones.

    As far as finding someone nearby, just putting your country in your location doesn't help much...Sweden is a pretty good sized. Add your city or a nearby city. Send a blanket PM to those you know are from Sweden and ask them how far they are away from you...you might get a pleasant surprise. If you don't, at least you tried. By modifying your location you might be able to help the next new person to straight shaving out...
    That is the impression I have gotten from reading a lot about it. Nice that I don't have to go with the most expensive one. I have actually just bought a Zulu Grey, just the rest of the stones I am lacking.

    I have tried searching by city and the result is blank, not a single one. I'll keep at it for a little longer by myself and maybe try to PM later if I feel the need to.
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    Shipping international can get expensive, but I will tell you how I learned. I picked a guy I respected here in my country who was a well known/proven honer. I stuck with him & only him, asked only his advice on how to get going, shipped a lot of razors to him (included return postage) and even video's. My edges progressively got better and better until I "got it" and didn't question what a true shave ready razor was. I also kept a razor honed by him as my reference razor as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ludvig View Post
    That is the impression I have gotten from reading a lot about it. Nice that I don't have to go with the most expensive one. I have actually just bought a Zulu Grey, just the rest of the stones I am lacking.

    I have tried searching by city and the result is blank, not a single one. I'll keep at it for a little longer by myself and maybe try to PM later if I feel the need to.
    My recommendation to you is to pick up a quality barber hone like a Swaty. Learn to touch up with it, you could add the Zulu Grey to that "mix". Have a reference razor. Then learn to hone by the postal thing I mentioned.
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    As I want to start sharpening my own razor soon, I'm on the lookout for old razors that I can use to have some experience before sharpening my Iwasaki Kamisori... I have a Jnat, Nanina SS, and a strop to use for testing.

    If anyone is willing to get rid of some old razors? I'd be gladly to take them off your hands

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    Quote Originally Posted by shooter74743 View Post
    My recommendation to you is to pick up a quality barber hone like a Swaty. Learn to touch up with it, you could add the Zulu Grey to that "mix". Have a reference razor. Then learn to hone by the postal thing I mentioned.
    Thanks for the tips Mailing razors is totally doable.
    I will have my eyes open for one of those and see what I can find. Is it a good idea to start touching up my professionally honed razor without any experience? Wouldn't it be safer to buy an old razor to practice on till I have some experience and know that I can do a decent job? Maybe your idea is better but that is just a thought of mine.

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    I would have your "practice" razor professionally honed first, so you can get a baseline for how it should feel. Also, any face time you can get with someone to learn will greatly shorten your learning curve. I sat down with a mentor here before trying myself and it was invaluable.
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    My choice was to learn with the least stones as possible. So it's the 1k and a Coticule. Once I have proficiency there, I will bring my Zulu Grey into the equation. I have the Norton 4/8, but like the naturals more.

    My decision was confirmed when Michael produced the edges on the three razors using my coti. I recognize the time and practice I am going to have to invest, but Michael showed me my strategy is a good one. Keep it simple. If he could do it on an unfamiliar stone...well, I'll be able to do it some point.

    That said, my practice sessions are 80% on the 1k and 20% on the coti until I can produce a perfect bevel.

    I shaved with the second of the three razors we did... A 6/8 E.Weck.. It shaved incredible. Tomorrow I'll use the last of the three. Going for a hat-trick.
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