For the past couple of months, I've embraced straight razor shaving and will never go back to the Gillette 5 blade nightmare !
Right now, I'm working with a Mr. C. Razor with disposable injector Feather blades with excellent results. However, due to cost issues with buying blade after blade, I want to start honing my own steel. In order to do this, I decided to set myself up with a basic straight shaving set. I've done alot of research here at B&B and also at Straight Razor Place, and this is what I have ordered. Everything should arrive either today or this weekend. I'll post pics once everything is here.
- Presharpened Dovo 5/8 Stainless Steel razor, round point, ordered from Classic Shaving.com
- Thiers-Issard leather paddle strop, double-sided , ordered from Classic Shaving.com
- Chromium Oxide liquid by Hand American, ordered from Martell at www.japaneseknifesharpening.com
- Chinese 12,000 grit honing stone, ordered from Classic Shaving.com
I intend to put the CrO on one side of the TI paddle strop, and will use that to finish the edge after using the Chinese 12K stone.
I have a couple of questions:
1) Do the Chinese 12K stones really need to be lapped before the first use, or will they be suitably flat for my (simple) purposes of refreshing an edge? I don't want to become obsessive about the stone's flattness, but I don't want to neglect it either. Is there a middle ground, where I can get good sharpening results without having to lap the stone often? Any advice on this confusing topic would be much appreciated!
2) Is there anything else you think I will need down the road, or is my current rig sufficient?
Thanks in advance for the advice!