Just wanted to say I got my first hone for my Birthday. After much research and hours of reading I decided on the Naniwa 12000. I immediately lapped it with 600 grit wet/dry and honed all four of my straights. All I can say is wow. I have used a buddies C12K once and thats the extent of my honing experience. I was able to quickly figure out how to use the Naniwa and would suggest this stone to anybody on the fence about honing their own razors. I have a hard wool felt strop with the .5 Chromium Oxide spray from SRP in the mail to finish the edge and can't wait. I don't know how the edge could get any better but from what I read the wool with Cr-ox spray is the way to go after a fresh honing.