Straight Razor Honing Video
In the video, I show a rolling x-stroke, but in an exaggerated way so a viewer can see it on video. The rolling stroke helps get areas of the blade that do not lay flat on the hone with a normal x-stroke. This is typical with vintage Sheffield blades that have a smiling edge. You still need to keep the spine touching the hone, but use a slight rolling motion with the length of the blade. Also, beginners should keep the spine on the hone and flip the blade while the spine is still touching the hone. I have a bad habit of lifting, but I have been doing this a while and it works for me. This blade became very sharp rather quickly. After stropping this blade, it passed the hanging hair test easily and passed the shave test later the next day.