Barbers Hone yet again.... no no dont just click another thread hahaha

tat2Ralfy

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Ok, its been a while since Gary and I talked about these little slabs of history, now forget coticule barbers hones, we are talking the old synthetics here, I have 2 and 1 is a double sider, both like new, both beautiful things in there own right, what troubled Gary and myself was what the fook use are they??

We touch up on coti's, or crox paste (Rarely) but neither of us have ever found the barbers hone to be of any great use for touch ups.

Now we have quite a few more members I wonder if anyone here has experience of successfully using a barbers hone to give a slightly dull edge a new lease of SMOOTH sharp life?

Thank you
Ralfson (Dr)
 

Bart

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After your previous thread, I grabbed one of the Bay for few bucks. Thanks to UK and Belgian postal services, it stayed away for nearly two months. I 'd already start to think that the Coticule gods had decided against it.:rolleyes:
But the thing arrived a few weeks ago. "Standard Razor hone" for barbers' use, price $1.00" the slip cover states. Standard Cutlery CO, 529 Broadway, New York City. Then some blabla about the X-stroke. And finally: "The amount of strokes necessary for putting a razor in A 1 shape depends entirely upon condition of the razor, ordinary 4 to 6 strokes are sufficient." And then, in capitals: "USE LATHER - KEEP HONE CLEAN". The color is brown and the size is 13cm x 5cm.

And now the great part:
I haven't tried it yet. Not one single stroke. :D

Bart.
 

Smythe

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Well I there was a thread started on SRP about barber hones (by a fellow who claimed have the 1-in-a-1000-Coticule), you may want to have a read-through.
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I think the “general consensus” is 4 to 5 strokes for a razor that is just beginning to lose its keen-ness, then strop and shave, however if the shave does not improve, then repeat 4-5 laps until it does. If the razor is “dull” then it is recommended to hone on a courser hone then finish on the barber hone (that would be the purpose of the double grit hone). But do not “over hone” or you will produce a wire edge.
Now for opinion:
I think barber hones must have worked in some way, or they wouldn’t produce and sold so many… I read somewhere that over a million Swatys were manufactured.
However in my use of them I found in most cases you need much more than 4-5 strokes to sharpen a razor (of course, depending on how “dull” the edge). So I do not believe these hones are fast cutters because you cannot efficiently sharpen a dull razor with a barber hone… some folks will say they cut fact because you can over hone easily… I say a razor that will be sharpened by a barber hone will be close to its optimum sharpness anyway, so it won’t take much to over-hone.

Then there are a few controversial questions… When you get one NOS, the surface is shiny and almost glass smooth… yet somehow that surface can cut hardened steel and sharpen an edge.
Today we get these vintage hones and we lap them and the surface is no longer glass smooth but and somehow we claim that new surface produces the same smooth sharp edge?

Then there is the absurd notion that we can "guess" the grit of a barber hone… lololol Back in the day there was never a standard for abrasive particle size, there was simply Course, Medium and Fine powder for tool sharpening hones. Then FF and FFF for finer particles, then there was 1 minute, 10 minute, and 60 minute powder used for polishing (the time it took for that particle to settle out of water because finer particles took longer to settle)… So no one knows the grit size is in any vintage barber hone... I suspect some idiot on the internet made up that number:lol: .
 

Smythe

Well-Known Member
Well I there was a thread started on SRP about barber hones (by a fellow who claimed have the 1-in-a-1000-Coticule), you may want to have a read-through.
Please, Log in or Register to view URLs content!

I think the “general consensus” is 4 to 5 strokes for a razor that is just beginning to lose its keen-ness, then strop and shave, however if the shave does not improve, then repeat 4-5 laps until it does. If the razor is “dull” then it is recommended to hone on a courser hone then finish on the barber hone (that would be the purpose of the double grit hone). But do not “over hone” or you will produce a wire edge.

Now for opinion:
I think barber hones must have worked in some way, or they wouldn’t produce and sold so many… I read somewhere that over a million Swatys were manufactured.
However in my use of them I found in most cases you need much more than 4-5 strokes to sharpen a razor (of course, depending on how “dull” the edge). So I do not believe these hones are fast cutters because you cannot efficiently sharpen a dull razor with a barber hone… some folks will say they cut fact because you can over hone easily… I say a razor that will be sharpened by a barber hone will be close to its optimum sharpness anyway, so it won’t take much to over-hone.

Then there are a few controversial questions… When you get one NOS, the surface is shiny and almost glass smooth… yet somehow that surface can cut hardened steel and sharpen an edge.
Today we get these vintage hones and we lap them and the surface is no longer glass smooth but somehow we claim that new surface produces the same smooth sharp edge?

Then there is the absurd notion that we can "guess" the grit of a barber hone… lololol Back in the day there was never a standard for abrasive particle size, there was simply Course, Medium and Fine powder for tool sharpening hones. Then FF and FFF for finer particles, then there was 1 minute, 10 minute, and 60 minute powder used for polishing (the time it took for that particle to settle out of water because finer particles took longer to settle)… So no one knows the grit size is in any vintage barber hone... I suspect some idiot on the internet made up that number:lol: .
 

tat2Ralfy

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I have the same one by the sounds of it Sir Bart, and Cedrick I posted in the very thread you mention although I learnt not a dot, and the chap with the 1 in a thousand coti was of no help really.

Wow 1 million Swaty's that explains why their knee deep on Egay and go for pennies...lol

I have to satisfy my idle curiosity here, next time I shave and the razor needs a little bit I shall whip out my trusty OVB (Our Very Best....who ever "Our" is??" and lather the fine ("Branded") side, 5 laps later should see me stropping the razor back to the keenest of keen, buttery smooth edges, shouldn't it??...lol
 
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