Brackett’s Brazillian Hone

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Brackett’s Brazillian Quartz Barber Hone

This is a very old barber’s hone, probably from the 1800s, originally offered by the R. E. Brackett & Co..

The stone is mounted into a wood tray, and it’s glued in place. A small Coticule slurry stone was included, and replacements were offered for 6 cents.

The instructions are printed inside the top lid, and they suggest honing on Coticule slurry first, then clear water.

The printed data goes on to say the stone was manufactured from quartz pebbles that are melted down, and mixed with a ‘compound’ – and poured into molds.

The surface is smooth, cold and glassy; it’s very hard and lapping it took quite a bit of effort.

 Under high-magnification, finished bevel/edge appear to be very smooth, as if a fair amount of burnishing is going on. Steel is removed during the honing process, but it’s minimal – wiping the blade off after water-only laps reveals only a trace of swarf on a white paper towel.

After repeated testing – I can say this is a top-tier barber hone that rivals the best of that class. It’s very slow, and - in my opinion – not very capable of bring up an edge that’s at or just over the line. I feel that this hone needs to be used in a ‘preventative maintenance’ manner – every 5 shaves or so. The Coticule slurry stone can help here, but I’m not convinced that it’s all that effective; it works, but I’d rather just use a Coticule.

While it doesn’t leave an edge in a hyper-sharp state, it does a very good job and the resulting edges are very keen and smooth on the skin. And, because this hone seems to be exceedingly gentle on the steel, it’s my guess that it’s capable of keeping a good edge going for an exceedingly long time.

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