...just when you think you have enough.
I have opened Pandora's Box with the purchase of an old CV Heljestrand straight razor. I assume it is old, Swedish steel, and not a "stainless" alloy. While it is claimed to be "shave ready" and I do have a basic stropping and balsa-based honing kit on the way from Whipped Dog, I don't doubt that I'll eventually want to at least maintain the edge.
Right now I have a Shapton Glass Stone set including 500, 2000, and 6000 (US mix), as well as a DLP for flattening. I've also got the bridge and pond, though wouldn't be adverse to buying something like the Naniwa Sink Bridge
or the Tojiro Sink Bridge
. Any strong preferences between those two bridges?
I've read through some of the threads here that I could find and, as wonderful as the reviews of that Nubatama 15k sound, its price tag is perhaps a bit more than I want to invest, especially if I need another stone as well.
Given what I have, what would be good ways to "fill in the gaps" between what I have and what I would need to do at least a "very good" job with straight razors?
Go from the Shapton 6k to a Naniwa 10k? At that grit, are the "thin" stones going to last basically forever with "home" use? Do I "need" something past that to get a good enough edge (before stropping) to comfortably shave with?
Go from the Shapton 6k to an Ozuku Asagi, when they come in? Would I need another stone in there to make the jump?
Go from the Shapton 6k to a Glass Stone 16k or a Shapton Pro 15k? Again, is the jump too big?
...and there is still a deba and potentially another gyuto on my "to buy" list as well.