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The honing paste I use is by a company called “Starkie & Starkie” and it works extremely well. I couldn’t honestly say which grade of rouge it is, but it’s very inexpensive and lasts an age. I originally bought three blocks, but think I’ve been using the same block for around five yrs now and it’s not even half used up.

A simple stropping paddle is readily fashioned in the same manner as the one Paul uses in his video. I use Chamois leather and simply replace it when it’s looking a little worse for wear, but usually get a few years from each piece, although your mileage may vary.

HI George,
Rather than opt for 8″x2″ plates, I’d definitely recommend you invest in the 8″x3″ and you’ll definitely benefit from the increase in size. More especially if you find yourself honing/whetting large hand plane blades (No’s. 4.5, 5.5, 6. 7 & 8) ranging between 2-1/4″ to 2-1/2″ in width.