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    Quote Originally Posted by Robini View Post
    bluesman7,

    "a meet"?? Please explain.
    A Meet is a get together of straight razor users. I highly recommend that if at all possible to attend one. At the very least see if there is a more experienced shaver that you can sit down with. Hands on learning will teach you more in a few hours than you can learn by reading and watching videos for months.

    Here's a link that might be of some help:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robini View Post
    bluesman7,

    "a meet"?? Please explain.
    Pictures from our last Denver Meet;Denver Meet July 22nd 2017
    See my razors at bluesmanblades.com

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    Got it. I would love to find one near me. Good things come to those who wait (says the one who has to wait...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robini View Post
    My plan, when the time comes, is to get a Chosera 1000, Naniwa SS 5,000/8.000/12,000 and experiment with other finishing hones as skills/experience build.
    Solid plan. I finally took up honing this past hear after years of shaving and sending out my razors, and I got the same set up. Some will tell you that you really don't need the Chosera 1K, especially if your razors already have bevels set. But it's a great stone to have, especially if you take the next step into razor restoration!

    I would echo many of the above comments. There's A LOT of learning / experimenting to do. I spent a lot of time trying to get good, comfortable shaving edges working the 5k/8k. Our patriarch, Lynn, has frequently documented his honing experience and the virtues of the good ol' Norton 4K/8K combo stone. You may find that getting good with the 5K/8K will allow you to get more out of the finishing stones. Just something to consider.

    Most importantly, enjoy the experience--honing is a lot of fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robini View Post
    Got it. I would love to find one near me. Good things come to those who wait (says the one who has to wait...)
    I've made an inquiry to a member on your behalf. I hope it will bear fruit for you.
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    Thank you! I am an Engineer and a tinkerer by nature. The honing skill is something I would take interest in even if I did not shave with a straight razor.

    I am already engulfed in the sharpening game for knives and love the skills, process, equipment, and results! I only wish I used bench stones for knife sharpening as I would already have much of the necessary stones! All of my sharpening is done on the Wicked Edge, which really does not work for straights!

    I understand that the 1K will not be necessary unless I plan on restoration work or just re-setting a new bevel (long time from now).

    Thanks again for every ones input and help!!

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    I fell down this hobby hole just over two years ago. I went head long too. You can read my first year’s experience here: Anniversary diary I started honing from the first day. My only “professionally” honed razors came from the vendors that provided the service. Not all do such. Still, I had a model to aim for. I started with two Gold Dollars and Norton 4K/8k. Despite what others say, the GD is an inexpensive razor to practice and learn on. Who cares if you ruin the entire razor. Buy another. Before long you’ll start to get the hang of it; along with stropping, lathering, and shaving technique. BTW, given some advice here, don’t forget to pick up your PhD in Rocket Sciences along the way too.
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    Longhaultanker, thanks for the input and sharing your journey. I enjoyed the read and very much admired your collection! It is nice to hear of another who jumped in, not with both feet, but head first! I was planning on getting a GD or two when I make the hone purchase. As you said, if the blade gets ruined, in the trash it goes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robini View Post
    Longhaultanker, thanks for the input and sharing your journey. I enjoyed the read and very much admired your collection! It is nice to hear of another who jumped in, not with both feet, but head first! I was planning on getting a GD or two when I make the hone purchase. As you said, if the blade gets ruined, in the trash it goes!
    I now have 4 GDs. The first 2 are among my sharpest, smoothest edges. They got so much hone time early on. Now only the occasional touch up. Still working up the latter two. I've only had them about six weeks. Being on the road so much, not much home / hone time. Even if you mess them up, another project to learn to fix. The only razor I've seen so ruined was the recent Mastro Livi he talks about. What a dumba$$.
    A little advice: Don't impede an 80,000 lbs. 18 wheeler tanker carrying hazardous chemicals.

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    A Gold Dollar is fine but I would recommend that you get one that has been checked and had the geometry corrected (probably needed) from a hobbyist since you're learning to hone. I reject about 30% of them for my own use as test razors. There's little or no quality control on them and one that's warped, bent, severely overground at the heel or toe will not help you learn how to hone most conventional razors. Learning how to deal with these kinds of problems is a good thing to know, but it isn't honing 101.

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