@fonthunter: The frankonien is a good stone in my opinion, but not cheap, hard, very slow, it gives no feedback. So I think it is only for experiencend honers. A beginner will have more fun with a Naniwa 10.000 and the resulsts are also very good with this stone.
But I think, you not need first a finer finisher, you need more a beginnig stone in the range 1.000. I would stronlgy recommend a Aoto natural water stone. With slurry agressiv and approx. 1.000, with water only finer up to 2.000-2.5000. A soft stone with a good feedback. Fast. http://www.dick.biz/dick/product/711517/detail.jsf
@mry314: I using the electrical tape only not to make honewear at the spine. One layer of the tape make the spine approx. 0,1 mm thicker. That is nothing, that have a great consequence on the edge and the angle of the bevel. If you dont want to use this tape, if you want to re-hone the razor, you must only go first on the 1000 stone. So you can make a new bevel like you want it.
If you only want to use stones wit a grit from 3000 or higher I recommend to hone it also with the electrical tape.
@all: here are the pic from the razor blanks from the forging day: