Arrived today with some pretty nice spine work, and is a Tuesday of a seven day set. All this needed was six strokes on the barbers hone, and I gave it 50 on leather, I believe it will be good to go for a shave tomorrow. Pics look like scales are cream colored, but they are really a very bright white, took pics without enough light. Appears to of only seen a hone, maybe once ! I think its gonna be a nice shaver.