Hand Forged, Single Craftsman

Traditionally forged heirloom pieces, made start to finish by a single craftsman.

Custom Designed Razors

Made to your specifications.

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Get a Custom Razor

Get a Custom Razor

Order an heirloom shaving piece, made just for you.

I design and make straight razors in honor of traditional razor smithing. Each blade is crafted for your every day shave, and to be enjoyed for generations.

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RECENT WORK

-A small selection of blades I’ve completed recently-

There are many razors leaving the shop every week, with these being the most recent I’ve photographed and posted.

I’m eager to hear your ideas for a new piece, or recreating a past piece for you.

Seaside - 7-8 Shell Inlay, Titanium and Silver Custom Straight

Seaside – 7-8 Shell Inlay, Titanium and Silver Custom Straight Razor

April 15, 2017

Aethiopicus - 8/8 Primitive Forged Custom Straight Razor

Aethiopicus – 8/8 Primitive Forged Custom Straight Razor

April 7, 2017

"Imperial" 5/8, Custom Engraving, Camel Bone, Yuri-zu finish - Custom Straight Razor

“Imperial” 5/8, Custom Engraving, Camel Bone, Yuri-zu finish

April 4, 2017

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

-Buy a custom razor that’s crafted, ready to ship today-

Most all my work is made to order. However, there are rare occasions where I have a few blades that are ready to ship, so you don’t have to wait for a custom razor to be made.

This blades can be engraved and customized further (i.e. tip shape).

You can buy them in my etsy store here.

Aphelion – 8-8 Custom Kamsori Razor with Filework

March 29, 2017

Custom Dovo Straight Razor

Custom Dovo – German Steel, Engraving, Custom Scales and more

December 31, 2016

CUSTOM, HANDCRAFTED

-Limitless choices, artistic guidance-
Engrave the blade with a personal monogram, mantra, or artwork.
Choose the handle material of your liking. From wood and horn, to titanium and carbon fiber. Many shapes to choose from.
The tip of the razor can be done in classic or modern shapes – square, barber’s notch, french, spanish, tanto, and more.
The steel can have the look and feel you artistically love. Polished steel, rough black forging, exotic Yūrei-zu finish, and even fine damascus steel.
Every razor I craft is shipped shave ready, set for daily use. I exclusively use high carbon steels of the finest variety for your razor. After years of studying and crafting fine razors, I’m eager to hear what you like, and will make you an heirloom that you love.

Together, we’ll make a one of a kind razor that’s uniquely yours.

After you message me, we’ll chat about styles and materials, and design your perfect razor.

After we talk, I’ll use the design to craft a daily shaving blade you love.

Shaving will become something you look forward to, and a relaxing pastime.

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STRAIGHT RAZOR DESIGNS / STYLES

-Classic | Damascus | Art / Artifact / Unique | Japanese  –

These are razors I’ve crafted with traditional styles, sizes, and materials, but with my own personal twist.

7/8ths, Wedge Grind, African Blackwood, Fine Silver  – Custom Straight Razor

7/8ths, Wedge Grind, African Blackwood, Fine Silver – Custom Straight Razor

April 2, 2017

A recent interpretation of an 1800’s classic Sheffield design, often called the “For Barber’s Use”. A name given to the largest blades made by the English razor makers, affectionately known as choppers. Keen shaver, nice grind, and a beautiful junction between polished steel, ox horn, and a subtle engraving as a reminder of those who mean the most to us.

“ShaveSmith’s For Barber’s Use” 8/8 + Sheffield Classic In Ox Horn – Custom Straight Razor

February 15, 2017

Custom Dovo Straight Razor

Custom Dovo – German Steel, Engraving, Custom Scales and more

December 31, 2016

“HAIN” 7/8 Wedge Grind, Cocobolo, Engraved Forge Finish – Custom Straight Razor

December 15, 2016

武士道 (Bushido) – Seven Day Razor Set. Steel, Maple wood, Custom Straight Razor and Kamisori Set.

November 20, 2016

10/8 "For Barber's Use" Chopper. Wedge Grind, Ox Horn, Hand Forged Silver Washers, Sheffield Style  – Custom Straight Razor

10/8 “For Barber’s Use” Chopper. Wedge Grind, Ox Horn, Hand Forged Silver Washers, Sheffield Style – Custom Straight Razor

September 24, 2016

Custom Razors crafted special steels like Damascus, Hitachi Blue, Hitachi White, and more.

“de la Mancha” – San Mai, Mirrored Inlay Scales, Fine Silver – Custom Straight Razor

November 19, 2016

6/8 Wedge Grind, Damascus Custom Straight Razor with Fine Silver, Ebony, Onyx Stone – Custom Straight Razor

November 5, 2016

7/8 Wedge Grind, Zebra Wood, Forged, Worked Spine Damascus – Custom Straight Razor

7/8 Wedge Grind, Zebra Wood, Forged, Worked Spine Damascus – Custom Straight Razor

September 14, 2016

6/8 Wedge Grind Kamisori , San Mai of Blue Paper Steel, Forge Finish - Custom Straight Razor

6/8 Wedge Grind Kamisori , San Mai of Blue Paper Steel, Forge Finish – Custom Straight Razor

August 27, 2016

“Weekend Set” Ox horn and Camel Bone, 7/8ths and 8/8+, Fine Silver Damascus – Custom Straight Razor Set

“Weekend Set” Ox horn and Camel Bone, 7/8ths and 8/8+, Fine Silver Damascus – Custom Straight Razor Set

August 5, 2016

7-8 High Carbon Damascus Custom Straight Razor in Camel Bone_.CR2

7/8ths Damascus, Wedge Grind, Fine Silver, Camel Bone – Custom Straight Razor

April 8, 2016

Razors designed with complex themes, materials, and shapes.

Seaside - 7-8 Shell Inlay, Titanium and Silver Custom Straight

Seaside – 7-8 Shell Inlay, Titanium and Silver Custom Straight Razor

April 15, 2017

Aethiopicus - 8/8 Primitive Forged Custom Straight Razor

Aethiopicus – 8/8 Primitive Forged Custom Straight Razor

April 7, 2017

"Imperial" 5/8, Custom Engraving, Camel Bone, Yuri-zu finish - Custom Straight Razor

“Imperial” 5/8, Custom Engraving, Camel Bone, Yuri-zu finish

April 4, 2017

Aphelion – 8-8 Custom Kamsori Razor with Filework

March 29, 2017

I made this custom western razor with craggy and hewn textures and colors. By the end of the craft, the razor turned into one of the most unique examples of forged straight razors with one of a kind personality and a smooth shave that's unforgetable.

“Shadowcrag” 15/16ths Wedge Grind in Chisel Ground Carbon Fiber Scales – Custom Straight Razor

March 17, 2017

A monster of a blade, with notes of “crude” grindwork to increase the texture of the steel and match the grind lines of the yuri-zu finish. Snakewood adds patterns that echo the spinework, tying the steel to the scales. Gerald wanted me to throw most all my features at this blade, and we ended up with a one of a kind beast shaver.

Gerald’s Razor – 12/8, Snakewood, Crude Grind, Yuri-zu Finish – Custom Straight Razor

January 15, 2017

A traditional eastern style razor that doesn’t use a folding element. Called a kamisori. For the shaving minimalist. View more.

Buster Sword Razor – Drop Grind, Engravings Leather wrapped handle – Custom Kamisori Straight Razor

November 16, 2016

6/8 Shoulderless Wedge Grind Kamisori, Forge Finish, Twisted Handle – Custom Straight Razor

October 1, 2016

6/8 Wedge Grind Kamisori , San Mai of Blue Paper Steel, Forge Finish - Custom Straight Razor

6/8 Wedge Grind Kamisori , San Mai of Blue Paper Steel, Forge Finish – Custom Straight Razor

August 27, 2016

A custom straight razor made with custom engravings, dropped spine (swedge), cast pommel, Leather, and Yūrei-zu steel finish.

“Witcher” Inspired Straight Razor With Custom Engravings, Yūrei-zu Finish

September 29, 2015

Kamisori Straight Razor with Yūrei-zu Finish-8

Kamisori Straight Razor With Yūrei-zu Blade Finish

September 7, 2015

Kamisori Straight Razor - Shave Ready, curved handle

Kamisori Straight Razor With Leather Wrap, Curved Handle

September 6, 2015

ABOUT THE CRAFTSMAN

-Me, and the razors I make-

I really appreciate you stopping by my workshop.

I’m honored to make your heirloom, and it gives me great purpose to make something that you and generations ahead will treasure. All my blades are made one at a time, with respect to traditional straight razor crafting.

ShaveSmith serves as my personal art studio, where I explore the form and function of straight razors to fulfill my heritage as a 2nd generation bladesmith (my father was a knifemaker), and connect with people all over the world.

I have individually handcrafted over 1,500 straight razors, strops, razor kits, and more.

From Los Angles to Norway, and I’m proud to see my work in the hands of fine shavers all over the world.

Thank you for supporting me, my family heritage, and the lost art of fine straight razor craft.

-Christopher

PRICING EXAMPLES

-All blades ship shave ready, tailored to you-

$265

Kamisori Straight Razor - Shave Ready, curved handle

Kamisori Straight Razor

I’ll hand forge a traditional Japanese razor just for you.

By default, I grind them so they can be used in either hand (western grind) but I’m happy to do a traditional grind if you prefer one that’s right-handed or left handed. You can also choose a curved handle, or straight handle – your choice.

I also offer a variety of leather and fiber wraps, from modern to traditional.

$350

Classic Style Straight Razor

I’ll craft you a classic sized and shape western straight razor, and set it in fitted custom handles.

Makes for a fine daily shave with a personal touch, and is worth passing down generations.

Sized at daily shaving pieces – at 5/8 or 6/8″ blade width, set in classic wood handles (over 15 materials to choose from, many shapes.)

I view a commissioned piece like this as a blank canvas. Custom  steel markings, handle choices – it’s the best choice for making a unique heirloom with style.

$450+

I made this custom western razor with craggy and hewn textures and colors. By the end of the craft, the razor turned into one of the most unique examples of forged straight razors with one of a kind personality and a smooth shave that's unforgetable.

Adorned / Art / Damascus Razors

I take artistic pride in my craft.

If you’re seeking a chopper (large, Sheffield style blade),  or a razor that incorporates ancient arts (Gaelic, Medieval), or perhaps is inspired by the artwork of a film/video game (Final Fantasy, Star Wars), this is the level of razor you want.

Let me create a one of a kind piece that will be the start of your daily-use art collection.

All my blades are made to shave, and razors of this caliber not only perform, but are worth noted display of craft and material.

Most razors of this type range between 425 and 625, with razors that use precious metals like fine silver, gold, and extra craftsmanship priced individually according to material value and time involved.

Custom Straight Razor Set With Ebony, Fine SIlver and Monogram

INCLUDED WITH ALL ORDERS

-Everything you need to make your shave better-
  • Your custom straight razor, ready to use right out of the box.
  • I personally handmake your razor from scratch in my Colorado workshop (made in the U.S.A.)
  • Blade made from only the finest high carbon steels.
  • Edge honed to perfection on my rare 125+ year old barber’s hone (Y/G Esher Barber’s Delight).
  • A full grain vegetable tanned leather strop for daily maintenance.
  • One free rehoning session/tune up for your blade.
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee.

I’m able to offer one of a kind pieces, tailored to you, at the best value.

I can do this for you because I specialize in unique heirloom pieces, and you’re buying directly from the craftsman.

Get Your Custom Blade Started

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Let's design your blade.

I look forward to your message! Send this and I’ll reply quickly with options for your custom straight razor, and a quote for you to consider.

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