Gammanite XXX

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The Gammanite XXX - a very fine and fast Barber Hone.  

I make these myself. I do not assign a grit level to them because it’s too subjective to do so. The baseline ‘grit’ of the predominant abrasive is one thing, but it does not speak to how the abrasives act when they are fixed in a solid medium.  

That said, I find the results from these hones to be superior to what a Frictionite 00 or a typical 12k waterstone is capable of. My test razor’s edge mimick those tuned up on very high grit waterstones. A lot depends on the existing edge though, so take that into consideration. The Gamanite is not capable of turning a turd into a laser. 

I’ve tried nearly every barber hone anyone has ever praised or hyped on any shaving forum. I have owned and used many examples of the best of the best of those hones; and those experiences are what I based my final hone recipe on. 10 short passes on a dry Gammanite brought a decent edge up to a significantly sharper/keener place with a good amount of ‘WoW’ factor during the ATG pass. Roughly 25 passes with a utility knife got the edge from cutting raggedly through a postit up to an easy and smooth push-cut.   


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