Touch Up Completed:

Well after this morning's shave, I could clearly tell that more time on the stones was needed so I did a touch up. First I started with the Soft Arkansas and I did 40/40, 20/20, 10/10, 5/5, and 10 clean up strokes on the Gold Dollar 208. Then I did 60/60, 30/30, 15/15, 8/8, and 15 clean up strokes on the Gold Monkey Jinhou. After that I went to my Norton 4K side and I did 20/20, 10/10, 5/5, and 10 clean up strokes on the Gold Dollar 208. Next I did 30/30, 15/15, 8/8, and 15 clean up strokes on the Gold Monkey Jinhou. Now I did the full amount on the 8K side:


I did the usual 40/40, 20/20, 10/10, 5/5, and 10 clean up strokes on the Gold Dollar 208. Then I did 60/60, 30/30, 15/15, 8/8, and 15 clean up strokes on the Gold Monkey Jinhou. This soft Arkansas is a really good and smooth stone and it's great as a finisher after setting the bevel on a different stone and progressing up from a 1K stone. The 2 stones I recommend for setting a bevel are either a Naniwa Professional (New Chosera) 600 grit or you can go with a little less expensive stone in the form of a Shapton Glass 500 grit which is what I will be going with. Those are your pre bevel setters and they will cut your honing time down significantly. The Shapton is a much faster cutter than the Chosera 600 grit is but the Chosera 600 is smoother.

Asian Plum & The 430:

Today's soap and aftershave was phenomenal . Peter Charkalis if you are reading this, you hit a grand slam on this one. Wow what a soap...