So on a whim I decided to jump out of the DE frying pan and into the straight razor fire. Why? I don't know, probably because it looks cool and dangerous, and because those old restored straights are neat.
I bought a 'second' practice strop from rickboone1 (see here) and for the razor I bought a WH Morely and Sons 5/8 hollow ground from Sluggo (see here).
The few questions I have concern honing. I have been reading and trying to figure out how much honing / maintenance tools I need but I still don't think I have a good grasp on things.
If I were to send my razor out to be honed, would I only need a basic strop, or would I need a pasted strop as well? About how often do they need to be sent away?
If I were to learn as I go and do my own honing could I get away with a 4-sided paddle strop with 3, 1, .5, and , .25 paste? Or would it still need to be sent every now and then to be honed on a stone?