Shaving With a Modern Artifact

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Straight razors have the unique ability to make you wonder “how old is this”.

Some blades that are 250 years old look like they were designed by a modern craftsmen. And blades like this, look as though they’ve been dug up in a archaeology find.

This is a great razor. Beastly 8/8 kamisori, and the only one available.

Barlow is Coming Apart

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A good friend visited and helped me take apart Barlow (my new power hammer). Some quick snapshots of some of the assembly.

I noted the left chain on the hammer head will need to be replaced. Luckily  I’ll be able to forge them to get it running again. Will be a good test of my general smiting abilities, and it will be odd forging tooling rather than a razor…

A Bigger Hammer at the Shop….

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A new friend is in the workshop.

A bit of rust from many years outside, but I say he looks good for being 108+ years old.

I got this power hammer at the workshop on Friday from a blacksmith higher up in the mountains. Now the hammer is at my shop, I’ll be taking a coffee break every morning or so to get him restored and back in action. Will be removing all the rust, setting a new motor – can’t wait to see what he can do.

Attached to this is an old diagram of the hammer. Once I get a few more moments, I’ll post some pictures of this guy through the restoration process.

Work is moving quick these days, and lots of shipments every week (usually towards the end of the week).

Hope everyone is well, and happy Monday.


P.S. His name is “Barlow”. All my machines are named after razor makers (Wade is my anvil, Wostenholm is my grinder).

The Efreet

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Really wanted to make a sleek everyday shaver that is looked a bit like glowing brimstone, dark, menacing, and when all done, I added the crown and called it the Efreet. Really enjoy the look of a grizzled, fiery profile, my Yūrei-zu finish, and a set of black scales with green g10 wedge.

The blade is 5/8″+ wide, gliding through the toughest of beards with agile and smooth shaving. It has a slight smile and keen bevel. The forge finished shank is black with markings from my hammer and anvil. To me, this trademark of my custom work shows all the craft involved in making this piece from start to finish, anvil to sharpening stone.

The forgework and unique jimping (notches at shank) also makes this piece an absolute joy to shave with and hold in the hand.


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Shop Update – What’s going on

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A great week.

Forgings flowed out nicely, sent some excellent grinds home. It’s spring, and the anvil is ringing while the birds are chirping.

With this excellent break in the winter, I’m going to try to be in the shop as much as possible, so if communication is slow, please forgive me as I’m usually at some equipment that keeps me from checking messages.

This piece featured a very nice knot in some ironwood. Another fresh shaver that I’m happy is in a collection.

Shop Update: Working Hard, Check in on your Blade any Time.

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Shop update:
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been catching up on orders, and spending good time in the workshop to get everyone their fine steel.
I did get behind, and I’m working very hard to catch up.
The time away from my workshop was longer and more delaying than expected, and rebounding has been more difficult than I imagined – this work is quiet solitary, and some days it’s not easy to be working alone, in quiet.
Though recent times have been a bit difficult for me and my shop, I’m proud to say that work is leaving of higher quality than before, and well worth the wait (I sincerely hope!).
I appreciate everyone’s understanding as I rebound from taking those weeks off to be with my father, and if there is ever any concern with your order please don’t hesitate to check in.
Razor crafting is best done slow and meticulously, and the results are well worth the time, and I’m putting much good into this steel so it’s enjoyed and passed down generation to generation.

Thank you, to all my customers, friends.

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My dad has passed away.

Everyone has been an incredible support to him, me, and my family.

To my customers who has had their project slow down, orders shipped late, who reached out, related, sent stories and support, who understood all that this has done to me and my work – thank you.

Your compassion helped me keep my shop around, keep good steel shipping out, and helped me honor my dad in the best way I know how. But most of all, you gave me time with my dad when I wasn’t sure how much I would have.

This is a gift that I can never repay, but will be sure to honor it as best I can.

In spirit, my dad is now in the workshop with me all the time, and we have a lot of work to do, and we can’t wait to do it.

Your friends,

-Christopher & Braden


Back to Full Time

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I’ve been slowly getting back to full days in the workshop, and I greatly appreciate everyone’s understanding as I spend time with my father and family as he goes through his sickness, and as I resume my normal work schedule.
For folks with current blades in my queue: If you’d like to check in on a blade you’ve commissioned, talk about about progress, and see where everything is at, I’m happy to share what’s going on. I often slow a bit around christmas, and having this event take me out of the workshop soon after the holiday created quite the delay, and I’m very sorry. I should be back on track shortly.
Being able to do this work is one of my greatest joys, and sharing many of the skills my father passed down to me gives great meaning to what he’s currently enduring.
And above all else, I’ll alway take care of you and our project, so don’t hesitate to check in with me, as I’m here to help.