Stirling Sheep Single edge new Stone Straight September Surprise Wow, didn't expect to wind up with the results I got today. My first brand new straight is still one of my standard bearers for performance in edge forward shaving devices. It was honed at purchase on a Belgian coticule, made me look in this direction a little. I've read of the search others have gone through looking for 'their edge', now I understand better. For my final decision, it was going to be this one or a Suehiro 20k and my fav vendor didn't have a Suehiro in stock. Took the Master Wonky Razor YZ for a drive on the new rock. I never thought I'd use a 'thumbpad test' on a razor, but I did. Found it to be useful indicator for me. After honing, I went to my pasted balsa strops... green, red, black, diamond, cBN, then roo. Like I usually do on shave tool evaluations, Stirling Sheep ... no added scent, but I wouldn't say unscented. The aroma from mutton tallow is so easily overlooked when I think how much better the resultant lather is than 'anything' else I've used. To much cheering from the 'bloomaphobes', I didn't bother to ask for any help from the Exulted Blue Ming. I got by just fine with the Stirling badger on my own. This crummy Chinese razor delivered a more comfortable shave than I ever thought I would get by my own hand on anything I honed. Quite rewarding, I must say. Now, because I failed to isolate my individual changes, I really can't totally credit the honing OR the stropping...... but I do like the result. Splashed on the Stirling mentholated lime aftershave.... because I like the menthol, candy lime, alcohol and witch hazel. Great shave, great fun. Be Well!