My first post here and my first foray into the forum! Great site Gentlemen. I have a straight razor coming in the mail from ClassicShaving.com. It's a DOVO Genuine Ebony SS 5/8 along with some Taylor of Bond Street Shaving Soap in a bowl (Lavender scent). I've learned from some postings here that my razor will need to be honed prior to use? Is that right? I found a site that described honing, and I have a honing stone paddle I bought in Vancouver for straight razors. I also have the hanging strop with leather on one side and linen on the other from Germany. I also have the little tube of paste for applying into the leather (and NOT the linen) side. So, I think I'm all set. (Yes, I have a pure badger brush as well!). My question is this....when honing, one puts the spine of the blade onto the stone that has had a bit of water applied to it. Then the blade is brought down to meet the stone so that the blade and spine both have equal contact with the stone, and that the blade will move in the direction of the blade. My honing stone is not as wide as the blade (the blade edges stick out on either side of the stone). So, do I move the blade from left to right as I move down the stone or do I keep it absolutely straight, and then on my next pass move the blade to one of the other ends and repeat, thus doing this three times to get the length of the blade honed? Does this make sense? Thanks for your replies!