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.

Another Happy Shaver

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I can’t explain how happy it makes me when I get photos from folks using my blades.

Martin W. is just starting the journey with a straight, and picked up one of my beginner vintage kits that featured “The Artist” straight razor, and a very nice full grain vegetable tanned classic strop.

I don’t know whether it was the shipping overseas, or if he just wanted to put the blade to the test, but he decided the first shave would be with 5 days of growth. Trying this on a cartridge razor would quickly dull and choke it out, clogging the unnecessary layers of blades. As you can see above, a single blade, and a single pass is all you need.

I put a good deal of time into the edges of my work, and finish on a very rare vintage escher barber’s hone (one that many of the fine cutlers of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s would have used), and finish on one of my strops. Happy to see it’s shaving as hoped. And makes me even happier to see the blade got a great home.

Check out Martin’s razor Here.

ShaveSmith Razors Review

W.M Greaves and Son’s Sheafworks Sheffield – Vintage Straight Razor

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A beautiful old blade, with a wavy smile.

Greaves was one of the first straight razor manufacturers in Sheffield to establish a “start to finish” razor all in house. Other cutlers were relying on a network of craftsmen, where Greaves was creating his pieces all under one roof.
This 1800’s blade is one of a kind, and I gladly honed it up and sent it to its lucky owner.

William Greaves & Sons
William Greaves & Sons
William Greaves & Sons
William Greaves & Sons

A Custom Straight Razor Inspired by a Wood Cutting Axe

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Many interesting custom straight razors are being finished and leaving my shop this week. I’m starting off the Monday with this razor, an all American inspired piece.

I used cherry wood for the handles, U.S. O1 tool steel for the blade, and styled the design to be similar to a wood cutting axe. It’s a 6/8ths wedge, and has a nice fit from toe to tip. Great in the hand.

Stay tuned, many more custom razors to be revealed…