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    they both say,
    FRANZ SWATY
    WAHRING BEI WIEN
    (AUSTRIA)
    in caps..
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZipZop View Post
    Aloha!

    I'm actually ordering a Barber Hone for my travel shaving kit. I've wanted one for a while anyway, but just never felt the need. But recently I'm thinking, why not? I have a travel strop, I might as well get a travel hone. I only remember my grandfather having one hone. I was very young when he died (8 years old) so my memory is not the best, but my guess it he only had a Barber Hone and his strop. This is a man who shaved with Ivory Soap from the bathroom because it was there and it was inexpensive and it worked for him. So he'd for sure not have spent any more money than he absolutely needed to keep his razor sharp.

    -Zip
    right there with him, zipper. I've actually used Kirk's Castile bar soap a few times. Not to bad. ( I've used a belt and levi's to strop on too... 'ol skool, love it. )
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    Quote Originally Posted by CamMorris View Post
    no, it says'
    FRANZ SWATY
    THREE LINE
    DIAMOND HONE
    OK, I've seen that one. It was a better clone sold by S.R.Droescher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Utopian View Post
    OK, I've seen that one. It was a better clone sold by S.R.Droescher.
    it does have a small label that says "SRD Sole Distributor" so that makes sense, its a nice stone even if it is a clone! Thanks for the info!

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    Aloha!

    I was holed-up in my hotel room yesterday afternoon and evening recovering from a 3:00 AM wake up call the morning before. I'm laying in bed relaxing and thinking about traveling with a Barber hone and it hit me that I actually had a travel hone. I used to be an avid fly fisherman and I rememberd that I bought a travel hone for fishing (blade and hook sharpening) from a fly fishing equipment store many years ago. It's actually a pretty good little travel natural stone manufactured under the brand name "Ocean Blue".

    So I reasearched it online and sure enough, it got good reviews by gents using it for honing their straight razors. It's spec'd out at 12k grit but many are saying it is more like 8-10k grit depending on the actual stone you get. From memory, mine seems pretty fine, so it may be toward the 10k side. So when I get back home, I'll pull it out of my fly fishing cabinet and put it in my shaving travel Dop kit.

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    I'm still going to order a Swaty stone, but I might as well try this one as I already have it sitting around doing nothing. It even has a nice travel case with it, so it's good to go. It's amazing what you may already have stashed away somewhere that you have forgotten about.

    -Zip
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZipZop View Post
    Aloha!

    I was holed-up in my hotel room yesterday afternoon and evening recovering from a 3:00 AM wake up call the morning before. I'm laying in bed relaxing and thinking about traveling with a Barber hone and it hit me that I actually had a travel hone. I used to be an avid fly fisherman and I rememberd that I bought a travel hone for fishing (blade and hook sharpening) from a fly fishing equipment store many years ago. It's actually a pretty good little travel natural stone manufactured under the brand name "Ocean Blue".

    So I reasearched it online and sure enough, it got good reviews by gents using it for honing their straight razors. It's spec'd out at 12k grit but many are saying it is more like 8-10k grit depending on the actual stone you get. From memory, mine seems pretty fine, so it may be toward the 10k side. So when I get back home, I'll pull it out of my fly fishing cabinet and put it in my shaving travel Dop kit.

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    I'm still going to order a Swaty stone, but I might as well try this one as I already have it sitting around doing nothing. It even has a nice travel case with it, so it's good to go. It's amazing what you may already have stashed away somewhere that you have forgotten about.

    -Zip
    That should work as a barber hone with a good lather. I would recommend chamfering the edges of the stone and possibly burnishing it before trying it on your razor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kelbro View Post
    That should work as a barber hone with a good lather. I would recommend chamfering the edges of the stone and possibly burnishing it before trying it on your razor.
    Thank you sir. Will do. Good tips.

    -Zip
    "I get some lather and lather-up, then I get my razor and shave! Zip Zop, see that? My face Is ripped to shreads!" - Bill Cosby on Shaving

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZipZop View Post
    Aloha!

    I was holed-up in my hotel room yesterday afternoon and evening recovering from a 3:00 AM wake up call the morning before. I'm laying in bed relaxing and thinking about traveling with a Barber hone and it hit me that I actually had a travel hone. I used to be an avid fly fisherman and I rememberd that I bought a travel hone for fishing (blade and hook sharpening) from a fly fishing equipment store many years ago. It's actually a pretty good little travel natural stone manufactured under the brand name "Ocean Blue".

    So I reasearched it online and sure enough, it got good reviews by gents using it for honing their straight razors. It's spec'd out at 12k grit but many are saying it is more like 8-10k grit depending on the actual stone you get. From memory, mine seems pretty fine, so it may be toward the 10k side. So when I get back home, I'll pull it out of my fly fishing cabinet and put it in my shaving travel Dop kit.

    I'm still going to order a Swaty stone, but I might as well try this one as I already have it sitting around doing nothing. It even has a nice travel case with it, so it's good to go. It's amazing what you may already have stashed away somewhere that you have forgotten about.

    -Zip
    There was a thread here about that stone not so long ago if you're interested:

    Tsushima "Ocean Blue" 12K

    A few folks here picked one up at the start of that thread. Most who used it reported pretty good results. Comparable to a good Cnat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marshal View Post
    There was a thread here about that stone not so long ago if you're interested:

    Tsushima "Ocean Blue" 12K

    A few folks here picked one up at the start of that thread. Most who used it reported pretty good results. Comparable to a good Cnat.
    Mahalo Marshal, this looks like they are talking the full size stones.

    My stone is a very small travel hone with case for putting in a a Dop kit (easily) as it really is small. Measures 4" x 1.6" x .6" so it's made for traveling. The thread you posted looks like they are talking about the larger table top honing stones. Still, same manufacturer (I would assume) so great info.

    I'm looking forward to getting back home and pulling it out of the Fly Fishing mothballs cabinet and putting it to use as a Barber Hone. Although once I get a Swaty, I may put it back in the Fly Fishing gear again.

    -Zip

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    Yeah, most here picked up the larger bench stone size. But it should be same stone/same quarry. Only difference should be stone size and the usual variation from one natural rock to the next. A few guys did get a smaller one, I think they reported much the same - fairly good performance as a finishing stone.
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