Between Heats – Stainless Wedding Band

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A “heat” is the time it takes for a piece to be hammered from glowing hot, to too cold to hit, and it’s put back to the fire.

The fewer heats you can bang a piece out, the better you are as a blacksmith (bragging rights).

The time between heats are the short periods where your workpiece is in the forge, and your steel gets reaches 1500-2000 degrees, ready for forging (or forge welding).

During a collection of these breaks while razors were heating back up, I finished out this wedding band for a friend.

Back in the shop. Catching up.

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Handmade Wedding band by shavesmith
Blond ox horn damascus custom straight razor.

A great week away celebrating my sister’s wedding, and now I’m back in the shop.

A little glimpse into the production of the gold wedding band that I crafted for her husband, with lots of firescale. Looked much more like 14K gold after some polishing and a bath in jeweler’s pickle.

Also, one of the unposted custom blades I finished in somewhat recent time.  Damascus, ox, and a hefty beard chopper.

Catching up on emails today, and working my way back into the craft (back to the grind, literally, and happy for it).


Good steel heading home

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These last months have found me more at the workbench than the computer, and as a result, I’ve been catching up with my queue of custom straight razors. It’s been a good feeling getting blades that I’ve designed with folks home after a long wait.

I try to make each blade a little better than the last, with notes of growth as I go on this lifelong journey as a craftsman.

I’m grinding good steel every day, and glad to hear from the fine folks who are shaving with my steel, or waiting for theirs to arrive.


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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