Any tips for someone having a hard time? I had to break out my Naniwa SS set to hone up a particularly beautiful, yet VERY hard BB kamisori. I seemed to be getting nowhere with my Coticule and Jnats. Even with the synths I failed to fully reset the bevel as evidenced by scratches I didn't fully remove. The problem is compounded by my detestation of spine taping, and the fact that it's forged from Damascus. I almost broke down and taped the spine, but on a kamisori grind I feel tape is harder to apply evenly. There is already noticeably more hone wear than before my attempts, but that's how the cookie crumbles . The simple answer is to just double the laps taken at each step. Any magical chants? Special ionized honing water? Oil on the coticule? (snort! ). Just tape it and go to town? Dare I ask lapping film? Lay it on me fellas. BTW the Naniwas put a very sharp edge onto it despite an incomplete bevel reset. Edit: I should add the thing shaves like a dream and is, dare I say, almost too sharp!? Pshaw!! No such thing .