The more you talk, the more I listen! And I have to agree with that statement !One never wants to paint with too broad a brush, but if required to answer I would have to say it appears what interests straight razor shavers most is arguing.
Those DE users have it easy. The prices people balk at for high end DE razors would rarely cause anyone to bat an eye over here, not to mention how much some of these hones go for. So maybe they have a bigger budget left over for brushes?
I've tried honing with the spine taped, but usually it just pulls the skin on removal and doesn't seem to make any difference to my honing methods. Should I try a different tape? Start at the neck all the way down to the tailbone, or just the middle of the spine?