Stainless, in my experience is only slightly, if at all, noticeably more difficult to hone. I use diamond lapping film, which may account for why I have no issues with honing it (i.e.-diamond will cut through anything....). I really think that aspect is blown quite out of reasonable proportion.
Originally Posted by cstrother
A Dovo 5/8 stainless, or Dovo Renaissance will shave as smoothly as 95% of the razors out there. The newer Henckles Friodurs are a bit more tempermental in getting a smooth edge on them, so i can't recommend them as a first forray into stainless razors.
The biggest drawback to stainless, as mentioned above is that there are not a wide range of choices available out there. The shave you can get, and the ease of maintenance are the key attributes. It really is nice to not have to be neurotic about drying and oiling a SS razor, compared to a HCS one.
I also happen to have many HCS razors, and they are all very fine as well. I wouldn't place SS above them, but most certainly not beneath them either.
One, two! One, two! and through and through...The Vorpal blade went snicker-snack!