I am totally confused about all this honing ,and sharpening, and pasting......... and everything else surrounding to what is to me at this point a complete mystery. I know I will learn eventually with some more researech and of course money, there's always more money to be thrown at this situation.This place is the best resource I have been able to find in years and I am very lucky to have found this spot and you folks.As a matter of fact, due to the information I am able to get from here and the things I have been able to find out from here is the main reason that I have acted on a desire that I have had for many many years. What I'm talking about is the desire to go ahead with wet shaving with a straight razor. I went ahead and bought a razor,strop, shaving mug and soap, and a quality badger hair brush in a complete set I found on a razor that I really liked the look of as soon as I layed eyes on it. This is a Dovo Silver Steel Ebony and I think it's a beauty and I hope it shaves as well as it looks. Now lies more issues, I bought all this and didn't know enough to allow for the finances for honing requirements. So, now I'm running all over the internet to be able to come up with something economical enough to justify getting ( wife's happiness is a factor here in my spending). I have some information from a reliable source that paste may be enough to keep my razor maintained to shave quality if I don't drop the blade or abuse it in some way and I'm lucky enough just to have it lose it's edge through normal shaving. Long story short, I want to make my own balsa paddle strop and wanted some advice. I need to know how many sides I woould need, in other words how many pastes or sprays would/should I use. What kinds and grades of pastes or sprays would I need. Then I think finally is the balsa that I would find in the hobby and model shops the correct type or is there something else I should get? Any help and advice anyone is willing to share with me is going to be very much appreciated and I will be grateful for all input anyone takes the time to provide to me. I don't know if this is an important factor or not, but I only have a fairly light beard and I usually get a week from an ordinary twin blade disposable razor.
Thanks, Baby Face