After putting together a DE collection I am finally happy with I'm starting to explore straights and want to have a go at honing a couple of razors myself.
I've got a Norton 1000/4000 waterstone on the way from a BST thread in another forum and was thinking (based upon what I have read on some forums), of getting a waterstone in the 6000 to 8000 grit range.
I note that 8000 grit Norton or Japanese waterstones are almost twice the price of a 6000 grit waterstone and, as I want to try and keep initial costs down, I was wondering whether I could get away with purchasing a 6000 grt waterstone or is a 8000 grit waterstone a clear necessity.
I do have a barber hone (an AAT strop-back hone - which I presume is around the 10000 grit mark), as well and would intend to use this after the 6000 / 8000 grit waterstone.
Any advice would be gratefully received.