This is my first post so apologies if it's in the wrong place...
I've recently seen the light and have started to shave using a straight (Dovo Ebony). After some well-meaning, but misleading advice regarding stropping (I was told that at the end of each stroke to rotate the blade on the cutting edge rather than the spine - which I do now ), and two months of daily shaving with the Dovo, which was requiring greater presssure to remove stubble, I thought it about time to get to grips with honing; to my knowledge this is the first honing the razor has received after leaving the factory.
I'm now the proud owner of the ubiquitous Norton 4k/8k. I lapped this today using the glass and wet/dry paper and honed as per the excellent photo-examples on this site. However, after 10 strokes on the 4k and 20 on the 8k, I'm having a little trouble with the tests (TPT, HHT etc.).
(Finally!) My question is this: I've stropped the razor (20 strokes on linen and 30 on leather) and have shaved with it. Its edge is much more keen than before; the tough, lightly-coloured stubble above and below my lip and at the base of my neck came away first time with very little effort. Although I can't get it to cut a hair with the HHT, I believe it's sharp enough. Do you? Or should I perform some more honing with a view to passing these tests?