Carborundum barbers hone

Discussion in 'Straight Razors' started by Mr. Oldschool, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. Mr. Oldschool

    Mr. Oldschool Johnny Dangerously

    I was just wondering if any of you fine folks that do honing here have any experience with the carborundum barbers hones. Do they have a place anywhere in the spectrum? What are they good for? I have one because it was cheap, but I don't really hone so I can't tell if it has any usefulness when properly applied or not. I think I can get slight improvements from tugging edges by using it, but I'm never sure if it's just wishful thinking. Whadaya think?
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  2. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    I have several, but haven't tried them out yet. My Welsh Slate Stones are getting the job done well, so far. If I have time, I will try them out, on a new Gold Dollar razor, and see what happens.
  3. Billyfergie

    Billyfergie The Scottish Ninja

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  4. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Paperboy

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    I consider them "finishing" hones. Useful for maintaining/touching up an edge, but they will take forever to put an edge on a very dull razor. Most are smaller than a serious collector of straight razors would prefer to use.

    I like to use them for the final few strokes in a honing progression, just to smooth out any rough edges.
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  5. Chuck Naill

    Chuck Naill Well-Known Member

    I got one with a razor purchase but don't use on my collection.
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  6. Spyder

    Spyder Well-Known Member

    I use one regularly. I have a three line Swaty that keeps mine shaving sharp. I usually do a dozen or so shaves and do a half dozen laps on the hone and then strop. Two years on some and this is the only thing done to keep sharp.
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