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    Can anyone reccomend a grit and a type of hone to be be my first as a beginner....I always have a friend hone and strop for me but I figure if I'm committed to straight razors I have to take the plunge and learn how to hone myself.... As always thanks guys

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    Sean, start with the Library section above, read, watch the videos; the use the "Advanced " search button, upper right, enter key words, to show threads related to this topic. Take the journey for a few hours, then you will a good idea on what to start out with, as a beginner with hones.
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    The Norton 4/8k combo was what I started with and is highly recommended by many here. It's a consistent hone and there are a lot of threads and videos on here that will help you along the way.
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    Honestly I would recommend either the Norton 4/8 or naniwa 3/8 both can be bought at SRD from Lynn. There is lots of info on the stones, they are good for the beginner, and the seasoned honer alike. They aren't slow stones, but they aren't the fastest either, which gives you some wiggle room when getting started.
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    If it was me i would just go the route of a vintage barbers hone for touch ups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrilliumLT View Post
    If it was me i would just go the route of a vintage barbers hone for touch ups.
    That, or a "finishing-grit" stone like a Naniwa 12K or 16K.

    It is possible to get a "shave-ready" edge from a Norton 8K. But -- if the razor isn't damaged -- it will be easier (and give a smoother edge) to use a finer-grit stone.

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    PS -- there's no "right answer" to this question. You get _something_, and then figure out how to make it do what you want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sean121718 View Post
    Can anyone reccomend a grit and a type of hone to be be my first as a beginner....I always have a friend hone and strop for me but I figure if I'm committed to straight razors I have to take the plunge and learn how to hone myself.... As always thanks guys
    Naniwa 3/8K combination stone
    Norton 4/8K combination stone

    Both are superb stones, neither is better than the other IMO, it's just a preference thing. You will hear other recommendations, but ask them what experience they have with other hones.

    Personally, I think you should start out with a quality barber hone and learn to touch-up a razor first.
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    I would go with the Norton 4k/8k to start. I would also add the KIng 1k for bevel setting. Lynn has some really good videos on using them and explains everything. Gssixgun also has a good video. From that you can go the coti route but I think the Norton is a better system to learn on.
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