Hone and Straight Razors

Discussion in 'Straight Razors' started by Rev579, Sep 9, 2019.

  1. Rev579

    Rev579 Well-Known Member

    I have a few straight razors-that I have no real idea of what to do with, but recently I ended up with a C. Klauberg & Bros. Hone. First, like straight razors, I don't know anything about hones either.
    After a week or so of trying to research this hone, all I could find is: VINTAGE STRAIGHT RAZOR HONE - YOKOMA RAZOR HONE W/ ORIGINAL WOOD BOX & INST | #1695628397

    There isn't even one being sold on the 'bay, nor has there been in ages. So, any help, direct or indirect, would be greatly appreciated.

    This is my straight inventory:
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    The Tonsonial Gem is above the C. Klauberg & Bros. Yokoma Razor Hone. I think while it might not be shave ready, it's close. But in the end, don't know.
    An old Boker & Co. with great looking scales and even the blade attachment looks cool, below the hone.
    Boker & Co. World Columbia Exposition, Chicago 1893 to the left of the hone. It needs a little attention.
    Sarginson Bros, might also be close to being shave ready, on the far left.
    A Wadsworth XLNT on the far right that is pretty dull.

    I doubt I'll go down this rabbit trail, but would like to better understand what it is that I do have.Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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  2. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    If I were you, I would choose two of the nicest shaped ones, and have them honed, professionally. Buy an inexpensive strop, and learn to shave, "Old School".
    You wont regret it.
  3. Robert1955

    Robert1955 Well-Known Member

    No idea..sorry, but, if you ever decide to sell, I would be interested in the Glasgow one ( I am a Glaswegian) if the price was right, Tho I have no idea of the value, it would only be a curio to me. IMO you should keep em, and try clean them up a bit, there must be someone out there who knows some of the history and value.
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  4. Rev579

    Rev579 Well-Known Member

    I know a few things about US made Gillette razors, less about vintage Rubberset and Ever Ready Brushes, but I'm still trying to learn. the world of Straight razors, the history, typology, and understanding the varying levels of quality seems quite overwhelming. One of these days I hope to understand a bit more.
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  5. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Paperboy

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    That style of hone is a "Barber's Hone," what we would call nowadays a "finishing hone." It's used to put the final edge on a blade before stropping.

    It won't make a dull razor sharp (not without a great deal of time) but it will make a sharp razor sharper.

    I would say it's comparable to a vintage Swaty Hone, but I can't give you any specific brand information.

    Edit: https://sharprazorpalace.com/razors/38932-c-klauberg-bros.html
    Not directly related to the hone, per se, but does give some company history. If your hone was made in the last year they were open, it would be about 70 years old. I'm guessing it's probably closer to 90-100 years old.
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2019
  6. Chuck Naill

    Chuck Naill Well-Known Member

    David, this is Twelvefret. If you want to hone your own razors, I would be happy to help you. I use a combination of films and stones, but films alone will work. I would also be happy to hone a couple for you at no charge. I've done this for others and they claim the shave is good.

    Strop-$25-40 Illinois two part type
    Marble tile for honing $4
    Diamond paste=$12

    I can also clean the razors if you want, but I do not repair or tighten scales.
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  7. Rev579

    Rev579 Well-Known Member

    Thank you! It’s nice to at the very least have a starting point on the hone.
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  8. Rev579

    Rev579 Well-Known Member

    Thank you Chuck! I shoot you a PM
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  9. Steveclarkus

    Steveclarkus Well-Known Member

    Very generous. Good on ya’ mate!
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  10. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member

    Not much more that I can add, ditto good deal Chuck. BTW, love that avatar, I’ve hiked West Prong many times, lovely trail indeed.
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  11. Chuck Naill

    Chuck Naill Well-Known Member

    So, park service is closing Laurel Creek road for tunnel repair around first of the year. Will access my weekly loop using the West Prong trail to Bote Mtn.
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  12. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member

    I saw that, good for them though, I’ve seen icicles hanging from the tunnels in winter and ‘rain’ in the tunnels, and as a retired engineer, I know that can’t be good/last forever.
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  13. Chuck Naill

    Chuck Naill Well-Known Member

    Yes and no complaints from me. I don't mind the added 5.7 mile additional miles with Winter temps. I've seen those icicles also. Freezing and thawing never good.
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  14. Tanuki

    Tanuki Well-Known Member

    Thumbs up to @Chuck Naill ! I’m the beneficiary of one of his edges, the one on the SR he gifted me to finally get me off that straight fence. Thank you again, Chuck. (In spite of the SRAD - boyoboy do I have a honing backlog.)
  15. Chuck Naill

    Chuck Naill Well-Known Member

    I should set the record straight. @Steveclarkus had originally set the bevel. He gifted me the razor in 2018 when I was getting started. I simple maintained the razor for a year using films and later a Thuringian. I did 100 laps on 200 k diamond pasted balsa, 25 linen, and 50 horse hide before sending it to you, brother.
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  16. Tanuki

    Tanuki Well-Known Member

    And now I’m using my 200k balsa and horsehide to keep that razor going strong. I particularly like the short blade and Spanish (?) point to work around the details of my facial hair.

    So @Rev579 is in very good hands, with both you and @Steveclarkus on the case.
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  17. Steveclarkus

    Steveclarkus Well-Known Member

    Diamonds are forever - and razors.
  18. DrStrange

    DrStrange Active Member

    The Sarginson scales look like either bone or ivory.
  19. HolyRollah

    HolyRollah BaconLord Staff Member

    Unless, of course, the scales are made of finicky celluloid.
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  20. Rev579

    Rev579 Well-Known Member


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