I have come to enjoy all aspects of str8 razor shaving except for one. That is the lapping of my stones. I don't know why but it just plain gets on my nerves. I do it and I realize that it very important and it doen't really take that long to do. It just BUGS me! I have read posts where some people have taken 8 hours to lap a spydero stone. Others posts where they have gotten their spyderco lapped in 3 hours! I have a spyderco as 1 of my hones and it will NEVER get lapped! I would sooner throw it away then spend that much time honing the hone. Even though I am reluctent to try a 8k diamond stone I love that idea of not having to lap it! Thank You for letting me vent.