I've got the extra fine and extra extra fine DMT plates, and chromium oxide. Never honed before, gonna finally give it a go this weekend. Looking to have a few questions answered.
If the bevel has already been set on the razor, should I skip the extra fine plate and only use the extra extra fine and chromium oxide?
I understand every razor is going to be different, but can someone give me a ballpark figure, of the amount of strokes I should start with for a carbon steel blade that has had the bevel set? What about stainless? What about if I need to set the bevel? How about the amount of strokes on the CrO (I'm gonna pick up some balsa wood to put it on)?
What do you do if you over-hone? Do you take it back to the coarser plate?
I've also read conflicting views about whether the DMTs need to be broken in or not. What are your opinions on this? If so, I've read that a chisel is good for this. Do I just lay it flat and run it over the plate with minimal pressure?
If I can get the answers to these questions I think I'll be ready to go.