Learning to hone is a skill acquired over time always practice honing on blades that you can afford to forgo. Sounds like you may have dulled the edge in the process. You also need a finishing stone or paste CrO2 IMO works very well. Or just send it to be honed
When you start collecting str8s you will also need to learn how to hone. My advice buy a norton 4k /8k and a finishing stone Chinese 12k and CrO2 pasted Strop. Get a a cheap blade from eBay and honing practice on it first. Do not try to learn on your nicer str8s.
Str8 only and maintain them - I used my one and only DE after a very very very long time and quickly recalled how much better my str8s shave. The str8 shave is far better and with enough practice quicker than the DE
Contrary to trends that have emerged where people prefer smaller brushes (I am still at a loss why?)... I would never want to use any brush smaller than 24mm knot size / small lofts
The chubby 1 handle would be too small to hold comfortably and lather
CHubby 2 is better ... but Chubby 3 is...
THis is actually the most common faux pas with beginners. In in an effort to not cut their face no attention is paid to the where the blade is in relation to the hands... and whamo!!. you get serious cut on your fingers. No worries this too shall pass. Be aware of the blade at all times. And do...