The day I dreaded arrived. After a couple of months of shaving my razor was getting dull to the point of being uncomfortable. I decided to use my Norton 4K/8K combo and 12K Chinese to bring back the edge. I stropped the razor a good 200 full strokes on the linen and 200 on the horsehide.
The shave was so bad I thought I must have done something wrong on the honing. I decided to hone again and went right back to the 1K and included 10 strokes on a balsa strop with CrO. Did the same stropping routine. I shaved again for the second time that day. A bit better.
Today, the forth shave with that razor, I had the best straight razor shave I've ever had. The blade is working smooooooothly.
Is there a shortcut to getting to this smoothness day 1?