The hones on this page are made by the Norton company. I buy them as sets, then cut them in quarters. They are referred to below as "Quarter Nortons".
As sold, they are lapped and ready for use.
These hones are cut from Norton hone sets viewable here... www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000XK0FMU or at Straight Razor Designs here... http://www.straightrazordesigns.com/the-sharpening-center/norton-waterstone-3-piece-set. Even though it would cost me a sale, feel free to buy the full set at Amazon.com or StraightRazorDesigns.com. In my opinion, those are good deals! However, you have to have money to save money, and saving $50 or more buying the quarter Norton, for those of us on a budget is significant. If still interested, read on...
Note that honing feedback is now offered to anyone, even those who don't buy a set of Norton hones from WhippedDog.com. Details are below.
Quarter 1.5" x 4" Norton- $60
Even though the hones are smaller than a full size hone, they are 50% larger than the average barbers hone. You will have no problem honing straight razors.Even though short X passes are possible, you will probably use more circular motions than you would with a larger surface hone.
This "Quarter Norton" hone set includes the following items:
- Norton flattening stone (1-1/2" by 4-1/2")
- Norton Two-sided Hone 220/1000 (1.5" x 4")
- ---- Norton 220 grit hone ... gray color
- ---- Norton 1000 grit hone ... brown color
- Norton Two-sided Hone 4000/8000 (1.5" x 4")
- ---- Norton 4000 grit hone ... white color
- ---- Norton 8000 grit hone ... yellow color
Please add $15 if shipped outside the US.
Honing Feedback (offered only when sufficient quantity razors on hand)
One of the problems encountered when learning to hone is feedback. Sure, you can hone a straight razor. But, is the razor up to shave ready standards? I offer honing feedback for $15 per straight razor. Here's how it works...
- Email LarryAndro@GMail.com to request straight razor for honing.
- Send my $15 via Paypal or credit card.
- I ship you one straight razor to hone.
- You hone them and return to me for review. (Please hone them within two weeks of receipt.)
- I email you my comments.
If your honing is flawed, I will tell you how it is less than perfectly honed, and give suggestions how to correct the problems. Even though this service cannot be termed lessons, in practical terms it is. After a razor or two, you will be honing well, and importantly you will know you are honing well!
The stones, although small, had plenty of useable surface and I had no trouble with them. I used both an X stroke and a circular and there was room to do both... All in all I felt it was $50 very well spent and am looking forward to learning to do this well. 08/06/2011 2:54pm central time
The 1/4 Norton has been working out well. I am no expert yet but have honed several so far to shave ready, real hit and miss right now though. Some have been no problem at all, others have taken a lot more care. It's been fun so far, for the most part. 8/26/2011 5:59pm central time