I have a 4-sided strop from Tony, but a couple of weeks ago I dinged the blade of one of my straights against the faucet while rinsing it off. Rather than ship it off to someone I decided "OK, time to try honing."
I raided my dad's garage - he's got a lot of hunting and pocket knives, but mostly uses buffing wheels to sharpen them now so he doesn't have to spend all day at it - and found a great big hard white arkansas stone.
15 minutes later the ding in the blade was nearly gone and I had one of the best shaves I've ever had off that razor.
The moral of the story: DO NOT FEAR THE HONE.
Oh, and moral #2: raid other people's stashes for unused stuff. I now have a great hone for free.
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