Well inspired by the recent power Activation and beautiful pics of Jnats it is about time I ask the question my budget has been fearing ...
What is the best/easiest way to get into JNats for the budget conscious beginner ?
We always recommend BST or whipped dog for someone looking to try a straight, we point them to Jarrod to find a nice coti that will do the job. But what is the collective recommendation for getting into JNats?
Let's also assume we are not concerned with bevel setting.
My understanding, from reading all over the place, is that most of the mojo is in the nagura. The actual "hone" used for razors is usually very hard and fine. You basically hone on slurry and the nagura used determine the "grit" of the slurry (in addition the slurry breaks down to become finer than it started). In addition the names of the "hone" stones don't really matter for razors - you just want something fine enough without any major cracks or inclusions.
So where do I get an affordable, relative term, "hone" - most seem to be waaaaay bigger than I would need for a razor and what should one budget ? (I am thinking 150 * 40 would be luxury enough - compared to a coti)
What nagura should I get first and how much should I budget ? What nagura constitute a full set i.e. able to go from start to finish ?
(budget questions assume reasonable choices that would last till the AD's kick in e.g. 150*30 coti would do razors for a lifetime without hassles but no one stops there)
Many thanks for everyone's input - realize this is a rabbit hole but would be nice to establish a reasonable baseline for those of us considering trying JNats.