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    For a few years the only hone I had was the Norton 4/8 and I did it all with it. I agree whatever you start with learn it well and then get another. Eventually you will want a higher grit hone as a final finisher and if you do restorations or even a occasional repair the lower grit will make your life easier.
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    I started honing my own razors on a 4k/8k too and while it worked for a lot of them, sometimes the 4k just isnt enough. I finally got the 220/1k stone at woodcraft and it has helped me immensely. Even the slightest chip seems to take an awful long time to get rid of with the 4k, just my opinion.

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    With all the above I agree. The Coticule can be made to substitute for a 4K but it takes a bunch of practice and getting the right stone. It is an advanced technique that can be applied to a number of hones but first you need to learn the basics. Stick with the Norton 4/8 to start with. If you need anything coarser you can use 1000 grit sandpaper. Send me a PM if you want more info on that.
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    A 1000 grit hone will certainly make your life much easier, but you can take advantage of Randy's offer and you'll be much better off than any hone you buy. As everybody told you it's primarily learning to use the hones you already bought, they are perfectly good for the job.

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    A bevel setter 1k would be nice (Woodcraft also carries the Ice Bear hones if money is a problem). I'm not fortunate enough to own any Nortons myself, but I've had the opportunity to use other peoples' stones, and I think that Norton 4k is a wonderful, versatile, stone.
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