I'm hoping to create a thread here that, hopefully becomes a resource for those learning to hone or wanting to learn more about honing. A bit of background: Today is my first real day learning to hone. I've got a few inexpensive straights in the cue that I'm going to learn to hone on. They each cost me less than $10 or $15 each (delivered), so I'm going to take a "no fear" approach, experiment with different techniques, and not worry too much about botching the razors up. My hope is that during this process, folks more competent in honing than me (virtually everyone at this point) will chime in along the lines of "Don't do that you idiot, it'll totally botch the razor! Do this instead." or "Try this trick I use." or "I don't want to screw up my razor, but if you are game, give this crazy idea a try." Maybe even "Good idea, I do that and it works." Or even "That reminds me of a trick I want to share that is unrelated to anything you are doing. Point being, I really want people to chime in, interrupt and share their tips, tricks, and helpful hints, so that this is less about my individual journey and more about feedback on how to become an expert honer. I'd also encourage anyone learning like myself to chime in and ask questions. Don't worry about "hijacking" the thread. If you've got a honing question, post it here so that we all can learn. If you've got a great tip unrelated to anything here, post it so we can all learn. When I learn something, I'll try my best to explain it and post pictures when possible. That way it's out there for others to learn from as well.