As I view it, if the razor doesn’t have a perfect geometry, it is crummy. But, who is going to throw away a razor that can be refined to a nice shaving edge? Certainly not the guys trying to sell them. I wouldn’t know where to tell someone to go and get a modern non-custom straight razor without the possibility of getting a dog. I have long said that honing is a skill that needs to be learned. While I enjoy my straights and don’t plan to abandon them, they all lack the precision of the modern manufactured Feather Artist Club replaceable blade system. You get to know how many shaves a blade lasts, how it performs as it ages, and that it is always consistent and repeatable. If I get a crummy shave it is me, period. I just want to figure out how to create an edge on a crummy German, French, or Chinese razor for myself. One of my issues with buying hones already convexed was the longer term consistency and maintenance of that tool. This lapping plate resolved that issue for me. I resurfaced 3 convex stones and freshly surfaced a synthetic and can easily repeat this. In the lapping process , a stiction feel developed indicating a remarkable amount of precision. All my convex stones will have a very close user interface. Meaning, that the style one uses from one stone to the next is the same. I can set a bevel on the really fast soft ark then move to the coticule, then finish on the 12k or the black ark. When one sharpens a bent up razor on a progression of flat stones he uses his skills to apply the same torquing pressure method, one or stroke type used to set the bevel to further refine his edge. Honing on a convex surface is similar but a different maneuver that I just found it easier to do. One thing I firmly believe, If Jarrod’s business fails to survive, so will a very simple and repeatable precision method to convex a razor hone. I’m glad I got one of his plates. I have no intention to attempt to convert anyone or receive any personal gain. I would be interested in seeing anyone that struggled with honing like I did, consider their options. Numerous folks get great shaving edges using abrasive films. Another option I haven’t tried yet.