Pros: Overall Quality, Effectiveness, Ease of Use
Cons: Durability, None
Norton Water Stone 8 x 3 4000/8000 Razor Honing Stone
The KnifeCenter provides very easy-to-follow and clear instructions on how to hone a straight razor on a stone. Just look for the link under "Sharpening". I use the product exactly as the instructions on the box say. Soak the 4000 grit side before use. Just push the blade along and let the stone cut it. Use the 8000 grit to finish. Follow the instructions and you will have a perfectly honed razor. One thing to point out: NO stone-sharpened razor is ready to shave until after it has been properly stropped. Again, READ the entire sharpening instructions thoroughly or you will be less than satisfied with ANY razor you use. The stone should only be required for sharpening when your razor is brand new, if you touch the edge to anything other than your face or when it becomes unaffected by daily stropping, which should be about once every three or four months with daily use. Just a few strokes on the stone should return the bevel to proficiency and then the strop should be sufficient for maintaining the razor-edge until again at some point a few months away it becomes necessary to re-hone.