Norton on order

Discussion in 'Straight Razors' started by emmijack, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. emmijack

    emmijack Well-Known Member

    I have just ordered myself a Norton 4000/8000 combination waterstone, I was tempted to get a yellow Belgian coticule stone, I read several reviews on the coticule and all of them praised it's performance, but the reviews for the Norton were better, I already have a dragons tongue welsh slate hone which is around 8-10000 grit which I figure will be a good finishing stone to give a polished edge.
    Anybody have any thoughts or advice on this please
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  2. gssixgun

    gssixgun At this point in time...

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    Just some clarification

    A "Dragon's tongue" is a medium grit stone, I think you will find that a Norton 4k - DT -8k will be much more advantageous progression to the edge..
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  3. oscar11

    oscar11 Well-Known Member

    You should be in good shape for maintaining your razors. A 1000 grit stone can be handy too especially for bevel setting and antique store finds. I know nothing about your Dragon's Tongue stone but it will be easy to figure out if it improves on your 8k edge or not. A coticule are nice stones but you never know what you have until get it and use it. If you need a finisher you can always use lapping film if your Dragon's Tongue doesn't work out.
  4. emmijack

    emmijack Well-Known Member

    Thanks for your advice gentlemen, is lapping film also a type of mylar, I think I read it in a thread somewhere???
  5. emmijack

    emmijack Well-Known Member

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    As Promised a picture of my new straight setup, The norton 4000/8000 arrived this morning from classic hand tools as this was the cheapest I could find it anywhere, £71.44 and free postage, anyway now I have it I'm looking forward to being able to maintain my razor, although I feel a need to add a few more straights to the collection
    maybe not this month though or my wife will have me sleeping in the shed!!!!
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  6. gssixgun

    gssixgun At this point in time...

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    If you get time Google "gssixgun, Honing" you will find multiple Vids on my Youtube channel, several on using specifically the Norton, and even one on Lapping them :)
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  7. oscar11

    oscar11 Well-Known Member

    I use the same strop and Norton combo stone. I do have a diamond plate for lapping and a 1000k King plus a coticule and a thuringen Celebrated Water Hone. You should be able to slip in a couple of sheets of lapping film if needed without anyone noticing (3um and 1um). It's -14 degrees here this morning the shed sounds a little chilly.
  8. PLANofMAN

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    Even if you don't have time, you should still watch the vids.
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  9. Kenrup

    Kenrup Member

    Norton stones have long been the standard in honing razors. The most important thing about Norton is to get them flat and keep them flat. I run a diamond plate over them every session. The flatter they are the quicker they cut. Using a Nagura stone frequently will also cut down your hone time.
  10. gzp

    gzp Well-Known Member

    Might be a good place to do your honing undisturbed. :)
  11. emmijack

    emmijack Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately my garden shed is 6ft x 4ft, and I am 6ft 4in, so i would have to sleep with my feet sticking out of the door!!!!

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