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    Default Lapping a Franz Swaty baber hone.

    How are these supposed to be maintenanced? Do they need lapped? If so how would I go about that?

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    I use my DMT 325. Also, per gssixgun's recommendation, I bought a small black hard Arkansas stone that I use to lap my Swaty. Works awesome & leaves a very nice surface to hone on!!
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    Here you go from a previous thread.....good luck
    Franz Swaty barbers hone

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    Here's another thread I started a while ago on lapping a Swaty..

    Did I "Break" my New Swaty?
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    To jpcwon,
    Mine looks exactly like yours. Did you get yours the way you wanted it?

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    Why lap a barber hone? They were never meant for it and work just fine without the added trouble. Try it and see.
    It is easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled. Twain

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    Quote Originally Posted by nun2sharp View Post
    Why lap a barber hone? They were never meant for it and work just fine without the added trouble. Try it and see.
    Only reason I lapped mine was because it had gouges in it, otherwise I woulda left it alone.

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    Mine looks exactly like yours. Did you get yours the way you wanted it?
    Yeah, I used a hard black Arkansas stone to lap it. It worked really well. I agree with nun2sharp though; leave it alone unless it really needs it; it's not entirely necessary to lap a barber's hone like it is other stones...Now that I have it all lapped up though, I find that it works well to help an edge that's pulling a bit...
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    Guess I should have elaborated a bit. I was asking because mine has what looks like oxidation around the outer edges and corners. Is this normal, and will it effect its capasity as a hone? Name:  IMG_1312.JPG
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    JimmyHad shared his thoughts on this a yr or so back, saying he just scrubbed the old glazed metal swarf off w/ comet & a scrubbing pad. I was nervous to lap, 'cause I understood the finish is partly responsible for the cutting action. I've used the comet & scrubbing routine on 4 of them so far and have no reason to do otherwise. 'Worked fine.

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    I bought a Pike Swaty from ebay and did what pinklather mentions -- using Barkeeper's friend and a nylon scrubber.

    I did use some wet/dry sandpaper to round off the edges but didn't really want to disturb the smooth surface by lapping.
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