Which yields the milder (finer) result in your opinion: a barber's hone used with water or with shaving soap lather?
Best synthetic vintage barber hones I've used tended to be dry hones.
Depends on the hone and very possibly the user also. [. . .] I guess that it's safe to say - try every which way possible and figure out what works best for you with yours.
Fernsler's Ruby hone has been out of print for a very looooong time.Thanks for your comments guys.
Which hones were those? And what about hones where the box directions recommend use with water, oil, or lather?
Agreed. I am curious about the ruby hone. Is this currently being produced, or is it a vintage item? I have seen so-called ruby hones on the current market.