When it comes to sharpening straight razors, Norton Water Stones are one of the best and most economical systems out there. Lynn Abrams, one of the most experienced "Honemeisters" in the world started out using them and still uses them when honing straight razors today. They provide very reliable and consistent edges on straight razors and are one of the easiest hones to learn to sharpen on.
The nice thing about these hones is that there are appropriate grits for whatever razor sharpening task your skills allow you to take on. The 220 grit stone is very good for repairing edges and getting chips out. The 1000 grit stone is a wonderful stone for setting bevels and the 4000 and 8000 stones are perfect for honing and polishing the edge on straight razors. Lynn actually shaved off of the Norton 8000 grit stones for years before moving to finishing stones and paste or spray media. A Norton 8000 grit stone can actually be used to refresh a razor in many situations followed by either a .5 diamond spray on felt or chromium oxide spray on felt. Chromium oxide paste on linen or poly webbing will work after the 8000 Norton as well.
Waterstones are synthetic stones designed to be softer than oil stones. These softer grade stones are used with water as the lubricant (versus oil) to develop a fast cutting slurry.
The Norton Waterstone system was designed in a carefully planned sequence to create sharpening efficiency. You get the level of abrasiveness you need at each stage, without wasting time trying to sharpen your razors on a grit that is too fine, too soon. Norton Waterstones combine craftsmanship with the latest abrasive technology to produce a truly superior sharpening system. You will also like the 8x3 inch size which we believe is the easiest size for honing straight razors.
Feel free to call us any time to discuss your straight razor honing needs as we provide free consultation whenever you need it. Our experience in having honed more straight razors than anyone else in the world is just another benefit you get with shopping here.