I've picked up some more stones and have decided I have to learn. The more I thought about it I would have a hard time relying on others so I've got an 8k and a 12k on the way plus I already have my green pasty balsa.. should be able to get something happening otherwise my straight ownership could get costly
I haven't heard from @Mark on here in a while, but that could just be me. I don't dig too deep...
@Substance would probably be your go-to guy in this case. I'm happy to help in a pinch.
As for stones, and if you are looking to maintain the edge going forward, I would recommend a good strop first. It is definitely reasonable to get 4-6 months post-hone, by lightly stropping the blade before and after each shave.
My Puma was last honed around October last year, and is still as keen as that day.
Good info from @Arnold J Rimmer above.Those cheap Chinese stones can be a bit soft though you won't be using it often,and all stones need to be lapped flat before each use.I use a bit of 120 grit wet/dry paper on a piece of granite.Another option for edge touch up is some 0.5 micron diamond paste on balsa.The balsa needs to be glued to something dead flat,like a piece of glass or stone then lapped before pasting.Can even go to 0.25 micron.Guy in Hong Kong that sells little tubs of paste for $10 each and is good quality. https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/1-bottl...0-Gram/261426890461?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT @Substance as mentioned will put a shaving edge on a blade for you.Good guy to deal with and chat to as well.
Thank you for your responses, I already have the strop, and have been using a puma, but it is starting to get very grabby (it wasn’t super sharp to begin with), so I think it needs a touch up.
I’ve emailed substance so hopefully will hear something soon.
I would recommend a synthetic 15k hone like the Naniwa SS over a natural as a starter, purely because it is a tried & true performer, known uniform grit & binder & as it is well documented & videoed online to learn to use it
well worth the coin spent & would last a lifetime of only touching up a couple of razors
alternatively you could also try making yourself a Balsa paddle strop
all you need is a piece of 75 x 16-20mm thick Balsa from bunnings
sand 1 side flat on glass ( or a diamond plate ) with 2000 grit paper
then add some Chromium Oxide powder or a pre made crayon etc
and good to go
Look for these Kremer pigments ( they are top quality & uniform sized ) in art supply stores, I got mine from out of Melbourne Kremer Part numbers Chrome Oxide #44200 is 0.3 micro
Iron Oxide # 48100 is 0.1 micron
These will cover you for a lifetime
be wary of some Chippies green polish & Chrox pastes used for Chisel's etc, as they can be mixed sizes & harsh on razors