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…

Size Comparison.

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Was asked to compare the size of the recently finished chopper to few other straights.

Pictured is a a Wade and Butcher gentleman’s razor no. 2 (left), Wade and Butcher for Barber’s use (middle), and the custom blade from my grinder (right)

The Butchers inspired this blade design.

Wade and Butcher, Custom Straight Razor