I'll find out if it was worth it or not tomorrow (October 1st, 2015), but I'm finished honing the 66 for now until I get some more honing stones. I spent a really long time last night until now honing my Gold Dollar 66. I'm pretty sure I spent at least 2+ hours total honing my Gold Dollar 66 with a break before going back at it (I was taking a break when I last posted). Under the loupe, the razor's edge looks like a brand spanking new mirror fresh from the factory that was just polished. But the real test will be the first shave:
After I finished this epic honing session, I did 5 round trips on the scrub leather and then 25 on the smooth leather. After that I went back to the scrub leather again and did 5 more round trips and then I done another 25 round trips on the smooth leather. Once I finished stropping, I glassed the 66 again, and it looked even brighter and more refined than it did earlier:
I'll use my normal stropping routine before I go to shave with it tomorrow. This took a really long time and I don't plan on doing it again until I can get some new stones and I'm told that the one I'm looking at is a really slow cutter in terms of honing and polishing. So I guess I better get use to taking longer honing sessions. Honing is no joke ladies and gentlemen. It can take a long time and will depend on what kind of shape the razor is that you are honing.