Is there a size and grind that lends itself to a first try at straight shaving?
Even with a multitude of stones, like @Tanuki said, I strongly recommend that you make three 300mm x 75mm balsa strops to use with 0.5um, 0.25um and 0.1um diamond paste. All is explained here:Thanks for the info...Maintaining the blade won't be an issue....I have around 30 stones and multiple stops...Just need to research some makers.
I also have multiple diamond pastes and a few other powders that are loaded on balsa and leather strops.Even with a multitude of stones, like @Tanuki said, I strongly recommend that you make three 300mm x 75mm balsa strops to use with 0.5um, 0.25um and 0.1um diamond paste. All is explained here:
Having gone into some detail when asked or prompted in many threads, I thought I should comprehensively lay out the method in a separate thread, for reference. Thing 1. The Balsa Strop. Buy 3" wide balsa. Best to buy a 36" length. It is cheaper. Hobby Hut, Hobby Lobby, and other brick and...www.badgerandblade.com
I use them on all of my SR's for a guaranteed close, comfortable and smooth shave every time. If used as directed, you should never have to hone a blade again after it's initial honing.
Not true! I started at 19 and I still regret that I didn't start earlier than that!First SR? I would recommend a round point, half hollow, 5/8, high carbon steel, shave-ready for well under $100.
Welcome to the gentlemanly art of SR shaving. Be warned, once mastered you will have to live with another regret in your life. The regret will be that you didn't start SR shaving in your teens and stuck with it.