I think it's an old retired barber. An as a millennial, if it was a young barber, millennials are morons for the most part and it wouldn't surprise me a bit. If I could even remember half the idiotic **** I've seen my generation do. It's the reason I've spent half my life hanging out in retirement homes and I'm extremely greatful I did. i got a chance to know my ancestor from WW2/Great Depression era ancestors that were grown during the period and I'll never be able to express how much their words of wisdom as a small child have steered my life and how greatful I am for it.I was thinking of the present day barber who doesn't know what the stone he got from his grandfather.
I strait razor shave because my great grandfather did and he was the most honest, toughest man I've ever known. He couldn't care less about your feelings if you needed to hear it. Taught me to have 0 tolerance for bs and lazy people.
Reading old publications from the period will give much insight into what they would consider radiantly had and will give you insight into what's considered a one stone hone. There's been discussion all over the internet if our grandfather's had duller razors and I highly doubt it. I find seeing into the mind set of the time helps a lot.
They lived in a world where you got what you got and you make it work or don't come home until you figure out a way to get the job done. So for them a washita that is fast and eats steel but finishes really fine would be a treasure to them for all their tools, including razors, a they are to me. I know old timers that I knew would strop the blood out of a blade to get that precision edge they were shooting for.
I wish I had my great grandfather's strop. The only way I could describe the surface of it is like a beaver tail(which it very well may have been beaver tail and homemade). Looking into historical texts and old barber manuals is extremely valuable advice.