Naniwa Japanese waterstones are hands down one of the best stones for sharpening a Straight Razor if not the best, we consider this stone a step up from the Norton 4000/8000. Not only are they ultra fast cutters, but Naniwa has taken this stone to the next level and has copied the feel of a natural waterstone. Because of this, the feedback is like no other man-made stone on the market. One other important feature is that this waterstone does not need to be soaked prior to honing like the Norton, just splash some water on the stone and you are ready to hone!! If you were to buy any one stone to hone your razors this is the one. It sets the bevel and polishes it in one stone! There is no better value on the market.