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    Thanks for the welcome Oz,

    Thats a really good idea, It would also help teach me the right amount of pressure to use when stropping as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by animeist View Post
    Thats a really good idea, It would also help teach me the right amount of pressure to use when stropping as well?
    Exactly.

    Here's a link worth checking out:
    http://straightrazorpalace.com/membe...technique.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by onimaru55 View Post
    Exactly.

    Here's a link worth checking out:
    http://straightrazorpalace.com/membe...technique.html
    Ah thats really handy, thanks for that. Will definitely be giving that ago when I receive my razor

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    Was also wondering how everyone finds these unique razors?

    I have checked eBay and all I can really see is the cheap and nasty ones. None that I would call unique or cool.



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    What do you call unique. Most are of basic design due to functionality. Anything with a more out there design wounld need to be custom and that means $$$. You can paste some balsa wood and save that second strop. Just sand it flat then paste. The norton is harder to find in Australia but think you can get the naniwas. Oz could probably point you in the right direction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eddy79 View Post
    What do you call unique. Most are of basic design due to functionality. Anything with a more out there design wounld need to be custom and that means $$$. You can paste some balsa wood and save that second strop. Just sand it flat then paste. The norton is harder to find in Australia but think you can get the naniwas. Oz could probably point you in the right direction.
    I was more referring to the scales. I was not aware you could buy those separately haha.

    Thanks for the advice on the balsa wood. I'll keep it in mind when the strip falls apart (was just one of the cheap Chinese ones off eBay for now)

    Yeah I found it really difficult to find the norton stones here. Found them on a us website for a reasonable price $150USD for the 4K/8k, 1k, and a flattening stone.

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    The flattening stones are useless. Most use a diamond plate or wet and dry on the countertop. Try checking out the linked website. Many of us have used him and has good prices.

    https://www.toolsfromjapan.com/store/
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    Quote Originally Posted by eddy79 View Post
    The flattening stones are useless. Most use a diamond plate or wet and dry on the countertop. Try checking out the linked website. Many of us have used him and has good prices.

    https://www.toolsfromjapan.com/store/
    Cheers for the reply mate. So you are suggesting that I use a diamond plate to flatten whatever honing stones I get?
    Trying to get whatever little tidbits of information I can for this new pursuit.

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    Diamond plates like the atoma 400 or dmc 325 are easy to use and will last a lifetime. Wet and dry can be used on a counter top or substrate like a flat glass plate or marble tile.

    Both options work and if only honing occasionally then w & d is a cheaper alternative. The plates can ne used in the sink though which does help keep the mess down
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    Quote Originally Posted by tcrideshd View Post
    pm Onimaru (Oz) he hones ,, to answer your question or do a search in the area there are few guys In Oz get them done till your comfortable then either get a 4/8 Norton or 3/8 naniwa Tc
    Welcome.

    +1 to find a local... advice above.

    Once the razor is correctly honed a touch up once in two months may only need a single good 12K hone
    like the Naniwa 12k or Shapton 10K hone...

    If you go with the Norton combo 4k/8k hone your can get great edges with the pyramid method.
    A new Norton Combo can be helped by wearing the surface down by the thickness of heavy paper
    to get past the surface effect from the release stuff used to make the hone.
    You may find bargains for name brand Japanese hones because you are closer. The sushi guys
    love hones in the 8K to 10K range so visit good knife shops.

    Do shop for hones knowing that a set of hones from a single maker will work better than a mix
    of makers. You can start near the fine end, 8k or 12k, and be happy for years adding one or two as needed
    or wanted. The extreme fine stones in the range 18K to 30k are crazy expensive and often need an 8k or so to set
    the stage for them.

    If your honemaster services are too far and too expensive start with a 4/8 Norton or 3/8 naniwa combo hone.
    In the US there are many honing services just a short inexpensive round trip via the post so in the US a
    12K would be my recommendation for a single shaver's hone to maintain a well honed razor.


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