I really enjoyed making this piece, with a very pronounced angle tip (tanto style) and a thin handle with my halberdier accent. First I’ve done in this type with a traditional Japanese grind.
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.
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.
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…
A nice setup for this morning’s shave test. A freshly restored “The Artist” straight razor, and some MDC shave soap, with an ol’ boar shaving brush. Can’t wait to find it a good home.
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.