Finally got time to try honing again today. I just got a DMT coarse to flatten my stones, a Chinese 12k and a 4/8k Norton (that changed quickly).
So, I soak the stones to be flattened. During the soaking the Norton decides it will be a good idea to split in to two stones. So I now have a 4K and an 8K!. The thing is almost brand new. I'm pissed. Is this normal? I still flatten them then do the 12K. That one took a long time.
So, on to the honing. I start with my Wapi. Do what i saw on my DVD and then give it a strop. The handle comes off my strop. Fortunately it is old and cheap so i don't care too much. Test the Wapi and it SUCKS. I then realise that with the stones splitting I got it mixed up and used the 8K first!
So I try another couple and never really made any progress. I think my technique sucks, as do my stones and strop now. To ease the tension I decide I'll smooth out the other side of the 12K, just to pass the time. 45 minutes later it is done and soaked fingers are wrinkled like a used condom!
I'll have a DE shave tonight, again.
Oh, and did I mention my sound card on my Ultra Portable PC decided it doesn't want to work either?