So, I'm prepping to get started with a straight razor -- I've used Shavettes, and I found them to give me good shaves if I go slow and take my time. What I'm working with: 1 x Dovo 6/8 (brand new) straight edge. 3 x vintage, varying types from a recent friending gift (needs to soak in Barbicide first before I start on them) 1 x vintage straight razor I picked up for $15 as at antique shop (Some rust between the tang, and tail, and along the pivot, but the blade itself seems fine at the spine seems mostly clear. Rust needs removal with sandpaper, and a fine standing all over to give it some shine I guess? Maybe finish with paper towel loaded with Crox to get a near mirror on it. Seemed pretty even when I looked it over compared to the condition of the others. It probably wont' be perfect like a new razor, but as long as the angles are decent / it can give a decent shave, I'll be happy.) Stones: Norton 4000/8000 combo stone synthedic (Stone isn't new, but I barely used it with my Arkansas I have.) Sharpton 12000 grit ceramic (new) A big ole brick of green Crox (extra fine) DMT Dia-Flat plate (Been using it for some other stones I have) Just a basic leather strop, I think this one. I also have an existing strop loaded with the green Crox I use anyway sharpening other knives I have. So I few questions going into this: Should I be flattening any new stones I'm using (the Sharpton 12000 is new), or out of the box are they flat enough for razor sharpness? I've gotten knives sharp out of the box, but getting to the level I need for a straight razor might need next level care. For the new Dovo, where should I start? 8000 side of the stone? The sharpton? Maybe just Crox + strop and then a final pass on a non-crox strop? For the $15 salvage one I found, what extra precaution should I take restoring that, out side of the usual get the rust off + barbicide to kill off any nastiness? Some of what I'm asking might be redundant, and I may wind up just getting referenced to other material -- which is fine. There's just a lot of guides and material, and I'm trying to distill it down to what needs to be done to get started so I can maintain, and not ruin, the razors -- the advanced techniques and maintenance I can add as the basics become routine. I think I'm on the right track, and sorry for the noob thread. Any help is welcome and appreciated.