Honed up a German blade with some nice spine detail marked 'Government' and 'Famous Hollow Ground' complete with some badly warped and discoloured scales.
I bought this months ago from ebay for a few pounds and wasn't getting anywhere with the uneven bevel and damage to the edge. I put it aside for a bit and came back to it a few days ago.
King 1k/6k, without any slurry for a change
New Thuringian with slurry, then onto to just water
Then 40 odd laps on a Tony Miller latigo strop
It's shaving! my first ebay junker to face shaver, yay
Granted it's not honemeister sharp and the very tip of the toe needs work but I'm very happy I can shave with it and the only way is up from here.
I've been relying on pastes for quite a while as they seem to compensate for poor honing technique to some degree but as time marches on I'm developing a much better feel for my hones and am much happier shaving straight off the stones, well with a little trip to the latigo just before shaving. I get the feeling I'll get more out of the pastes if I abandon them for a bit and concentrate on the stones.