ok so i picked up a barber hone on ebay..
got it for like 6 bucks shipped.. couldnt pass it up.. its small, fits in the palm of my hand..Townsend brand. i lapped it on 1500 grit wet dry sandpaper on a glass plate
and i was wondering if i could use this to bring razors that will pop hairs off my arm already to the point that they are shave ready? now ive never honed anything in my life.. but i did try with a razor i got from ebay that was sharp enough to pop hairs and passed the thumbnail and pad test..
unfortunately when i was done with it.. it didnt pop hairs or pass either of those tests.. so i went back and watched lynns video and read joels sticky again and i worked it again today... started dry for 10 laps, then did 20-25 wet then did about 30 with lather on the stone and it pops hairs again but i tried to shave with it and got some pulling.. another thing to keep in mind is i usually shave w/ a 5/8 hollow ground that i got off SRP and this is a much smaller blade.. maybe 3-4/8.. looks tiny..
im still too broke to send my razors out to get honed professionally or to buy anymore equipment at the moment.. i dont even have a good strop yet.. i have been using balsa wood and i have a wide old belt.. just want to work on my technique.. and i have a bunch of ebay straights in various condition.. im sure these questions have been asked and answered.. but i just want to make sure im not overhoning these blades.. how much would it really take on this babrer hone to overhone it? any ideas.. im not sure of the grit and i know theyre all different.. thanks!