Dennis here from Greenville, South Carolina and have been reading your forum for a couple months and just signed up. I've been shaving with a straight for 15 years but got out of the habit after 9/11 when I couldn't take my razor on airline flights--which is work for me. Everything I learned I learned on my own. After reading C.be, I now understand there is another level of comfort that I had never achieved. I have several coticules, all different, and all seem to work but I have gravitated to one in particular that has a very nice draw for me. I am very mechanically inclined, build 1911 pistols for fun and have a complete wood and metal workshop. I really like the dilucot method and get great results compared to what I did before, but wonder if my stones will all give the HHT in the upper end with the right technique. I have very fine blonde hair and can only get HHT1 or HHT2 right off the stone. (Dilucot) At the final stage with less than weight of the razor pressure, should I use more water or less. It feels like more will keep the edge away from the surface of the stone. I tried a little dishwashing liquid and it seemed to diminish the edge. Right now, after a hundred laps with minimal pressure, I still have to use CrOx or .25 diamond past or newspaper, or stropping on my Dovo to reach what I think is HHT5.