I was directed to B&B by a youtube member. I watched his videos on honing. I am a carpenter and fabricator so having someone else hone my blade is out of the question. Since I joined B&B I have found lots of useful information, and I am excited to take this journey towards the superior shave. My styptic pencil, and Fromm strop dressing have arrived. I am just waiting on my strop, Norton 1000x/4000x water stone, a 8000x gold water stone, and Dovo 5/8 Full Hollow with black handle.
Now I am beginning to look into my options for flattening my stones (thanks to B&B otherwise I wouldn't have known). I am interested in getting DMT to flatten, but I may just save that for the second time. Do abrasive papers or plate glass work just as well? Does paper grit makes a difference? I am in no rush by the way, I want to have everything right and proper before I begin the first shave.