I just recently ordered my first razor hone. I went with the standard Norton 4/8. I figure that combined with my 4 side diamond paddle strop will probably work for starters. Eventually maybe I will start looking into finishing hones, but my understanding is that a pasted paddle will do the job coming off the Norton 8k.
My real question (finally getting around to it - I must be the longest winded member of B&B) is whether Nortons come flat? Or do I need to lap it before using.
I know Norton also sells a lapping stone. When it comes to lapping, either now or later, any thoughts on that versus some form of sandpaper on a piece of glass?
Oh, and how often do these things need to be lapped?