I read Joel guide to honing - excellent.
I have been wondering why all of my attempts to shave my face with my straight razor have been miserable failures and after reading about the sharpness tests it seems that my blade is simply not sharp. (It seemed OK as I was hell able to make smooth patches on my legs with on long stroke in the shower- I guess it's not the same)
Anyway, looks like I need to sharpen my razor. I was in the knife shop today looking at hones. I found the KitaYama stone which Joel had mentioned in his guide and almost bout it but realized that I had no Idea what I was getting into.
The Norton 4000/8000 sounds pretty good for me as a beginner, however it is not available in my local shop. Maybe it's not common or available in Japan. Nor does it seem that stones of two grades are available.
So here's my question: What do you suggest that I buy. Perhaps a 4000 stone and the KitaYama. How does that sound? Or should I just buy a 4000 and an 8000?
I'd like to hear your thoughts.