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I’m very grateful for a brief bit of time away with family during my sister’s wedding, and then some very important time with family during the holidays.

After getting back from each of these, I put my head into the shop and crafted to catch up from this time away. Looking back, I’ve been a bit too much of a hermit, and have not posted updates about recent completed work, and I have a stack of emails to catch up on.

Please, if you’ve reached out recently, and I have yet to respond, please touch base again and I can get back to you very quickly. I’m getting through my messages as fast as I can, structuring my day to balance communication and crafting. I don’t want to keep you waiting, so please reach out via email.

Here are a small group of blades that I’ve sent home recently, with many more to come before Christmas, and some soon after.

I’ll be keeping my head in the shop to finish up my work as fast as I can, and be available more through emails, and look forward to catching you up on what’s happening in the shop.

-Christopher

Traditional Japanese Kamisori
A shop update with recent work - a damascus blade in carbon fiber scales.
A shop update with recent work - a damascus blade with ancient Runes.
Viking iron ore and a couple of straight razors I made.
Koa Wood Custom Straight razor by ShaveSmith.
Modern Sheffield Style Custom Straight Razor
A shop update with recent work - a damascus kamisori with unique forging.
A shop update with recent work - a damascus blade in camel bone scales, unique profiled blade.
A shop update with recent work - a damascus blade and foreign ironwood.

Customer Visited My Workshop, Picked Up His New Heirloom

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Customer visit
7/8ths, Wedge Grind, African Blackwood, Fine Silver  – Custom Straight Razor

A good friend and customer picked up his custom straight razor from my shop recently, and I snapped a quick photo of him holding it.

I was happy to hear that this business traveler is working close to my workshop for a few months, so we stayed in touch, and I was able touch up his edge as he started shaving with his new blade.

We chatted about razors, I told him about the nuances I loved within his blade, and talked about the good things in life.

It makes me really happy to get to know him, and know how his shaves are progressing, and see his collection grow.

A Hollow Ground Custom Straight Razor – 5/8 Damascus, Textured Carbon Fiber

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A hollow ground custom straight razor made by ShaveSmith
A hollow ground custom straight razor made by ShaveSmith

Hollow grinding  is a term used to signify the thickness of the blade. Some blades are better hollow ground than others, and very few damascus razors are made with this craft.

I modeled the grind off a historical piece from my personal collection that I find to be one of the best hollow ground razors makers, originating from Solingen, Germany.

The key note of this piece is how thin the leading edge is – thinner than aluminum foil. This gives a unique characteristic few razors made today have – a “singing” grind. This is where the razor sings on the strop, and gives feedback on the shave.

Texture scales with a purple hear wedge complement this unique blade.

Steel – Wood – Texture

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An experiment to add further texture to a piece.

I used the same texturing elements in the steel, as I did the ironwood handles.

No maker’s mark on this, at the customer’s request. I love unbranded things, letting the form do all the talking. Plus, I know my work when I see it.

An Old Customer, New Dad

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A long time customer became a proud new papa, and had a razor made with his little girls’ name on it.

I only knew the name for the engraving a few days after she was born, and I finished the piece, and sent it home.

We used purple heart and white recon stone for this piece, making it a nice reminder of his new life as a father.

The joy I get to share with my customers and their journeys gets put into my steel.