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    I have a few Thuringian stones with labels on their backs that I always worry about getting wet when I hone with them. I was just wondering what you guys thought of maybe putting a layer of lacquer over the label to seal it to the stone and eliminate the chance that it could get damaged any further.

    My usual procedure is to be conscious of how much water is on the stone, as well as where it might run over the edge, but I'm just scared that a few slip ups over my lifetime might do unnecessary damage to the labels.

    Do you think it would devalue the stone to have the back lacquered? Be frowned upon? Be embraced?

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    I believe Randy uses protection over the labels. But then I don't think he plans to ever be selling them
    I would think a lacqueered label would be less desirable than a damaged original one, but that's pure specilation. My escher has damage on the label already, so I don't worry too much about it (well I'm not careless, just being more mindful with the water flowing around than I'm with say the nortons or the dmts)

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    Personally, I wouldn't buy one if someone lacquered the label.

    The ink might smear with the use of lacquer, so I would be hesitant.

    YMMV

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    steam the label off and store it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OLD_SCHOOL View Post
    Personally, I wouldn't buy one if someone lacquered the label.

    The ink might smear with the use of lacquer, so I would be hesitant.

    YMMV
    I hadn't thought of that, good point.

    I'll probably wait it out for a while anyway, just to be sure it's something I want or don't want to do, before doing it.

    Thanks for the input!

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    I used Randy's clear nail polish trick to laquer a paper label on a barber hone known as a "Perfect" hone. It's on par or even higher in grit than a 3 line Swaty (sorry, a Swaty with 3 lines of text). I think they were manufactured to look like a blue green Escher. I took a chance on it on Ebay and it actually fooled me. So....I paid too much for a barber hone, even though it's probably the ultimate barber hone.

    Anyway, since it's only a barber hone, I laquered the label. I also laquered the label of the Tam O' Shanter I use. No worries now on either stone with water trouble.

    BUT....I don't currently own a labeled Thuringian or Escher Thuringian. I've thought about this and decided IF it was a high dollar stone, I really don't think I'd laquer the label as much as I'm sure I'd love to. Tip toeing around a paper label is really lame and annoying and takes some of the fun out of honing for me.

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    That's good info Chris, I have begun picking up barber hones here and there, I'll have to keep an eye out for a "perfect".

    The funny thing is that the labels on the general Thuringians are the ones I'm most worried about as the Escher is glued very securely. The others are kinda loose in a few spots so any water that gets on them only makes it worse.

    I usually don't use lots of water anyway because I like to see how the blade undercuts the small puddle in front of it, but I still worry about it when I use them. It's Kind of annoying but I'd rather be careful than careless with a razor anyhow.
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    I used clear nail polish on the label on a Tam with good results so far. I have thought about using Permanent Fixative on an Escher. It is a spray sold in art supply stores that protects pastel, charcoal, and pencil drawings. I am not sure how waterproof it is though. You can see varieties here.
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    I have 2 kinds of hones. Collectables that are not used and those that will be used. The collectables are not tampered with in any way and are stored. I have one of those. A Belgian 'Deep Rock" natural with a perfect label and box.
    The others are all to be used so on them I use clear nail polish to fix the labels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by randydance062449 View Post
    Ya gotta decide what your gonna do with'em.
    I was relieved that the label on my blue green escher became so loose over time that I managed to get it off in one piece. That way, I don't have to decide anything. I stored away the label and the original box for safekeeping and I can use the stone without worrying about a little slip of paper that likely is responsible for doubling the value of the rock. Now I can use the hone to my heart's content and if I ever wanted to sell the it, I can re-attach the label. This might be sacrilege for glue purists (you know they're out there!) but for now I like being able to not have to decide how to use the stone.

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