So I've read through the guide, and while I think I understand all of the types of hones and finishing strops, etc., I still feel a bit confused as to exactly what I need. So here is my situation and hopefully someone can clear things up for me.
A friend of mine has a Dovo Razor that he got many years ago but never used. To my knowledge, the blade has never been honed, so my plan when I get it is to send it to a honemeister (probably straightrazordesigns). That way I'll be starting fresh with a shave-ready razor.
My problem is that I want to decide what I need to maintain my blade. From my reading, I understand that I should still get something like a Norton 4000/8000 in case I get a knick in the blade, or something to that effect, but I also know that 8000 is too coarse to be sufficient for a shave-ready edge. I'm not sure of is what I should get in addition. My understanding is that to mainting the shave-ready finish, I would need a leather strop, but what about in-between the 8000 hone and the strop? Should I get a 12K hone, or a finishing strop? A finishing stone? What is recommended for the occasional hone when you've gotten to the point when stropping isn't "cutting it" anymore?