So far I seemed to have made every mistake under the sun regarding honing, hooking, misunderstanding the different grits between manufacturers, not understanding lapping, not inspecting with magnification. I started with Shapton stones but didn't buy high enough grits to finish. I have compensated with chromium oxide to date. It's been fairly successful and I've taken a couple of razors to shave ready, and corrected the frown on another so I am making some slow progress. Now I want to set the bevel and work all the way through properly. Based on advice I read from @FergieBilly I've now added a Naniwa Pro 1K, a Naniwa 12K and a set of lapping films. I have also got hold of a USB microscope. Realising I still have a mixture of systems I would appreciate advice on the best progression. On Shapton I have 1k 4k 8k and 12k In Naniwa I have 1k and 12k + lapping film and CrOx Here's what I was thinking : Naniwa 1k Shapton 4k, 8k (should I use the Shapton 12k before moving to the Naniwa? ) Naniwa 12k (should I use lapping film next or move straight to CrOx) Chromium Oxide paste. Should I invest in diamond pastes as well or is that over-kill? I have carbon and stainless blades to work on, any advice on different approaches for the stainless? Thanks in advance for any advice.