Böker’s “Celebrated” #140535 is a new-for-2019 production Böker 6/8″ straight razor from their 2019 catalog.
You get the precise piece you pick!
This is a large, meaty 6/8″ extra hollow ground piece with a ‘shoulderless’ style and the thankful and thoughtful addition of file jimps on the tang itself to the topside. It actually doesn’t weigh as much as you’d think for such a large razor owing to the the true superiority of its hollow grind. Scales are made of birch wood and come from a ‘wood farm’ company in Spain expert in the production of blanks to be used for the European cutlery business; they’re intentionally aged a bit to become more resistant to water’s influence along with air pressure and temperature changes before being finished by Böker in Solingen (in the industry this production’s referred as ‘noble wood’).
You’ll receive the exact specimen you choose from the images shown (where a number’s in the picture above the razor), and the images are shown without us coming into contact with the steel in any way (we used cotton gloves and did not remove the factory Ballistol coating, nor any factory fingerprints/dust/schmutz).
This business is wholly centered upon the sale of one hollow ground straight razor to one shaver one at a time; “1 str8rzr alone” is ~50% of all our orders. You may elect to have your Böker with its factory edge (which, in our opinion, is excellent) or further honed by ‘TSS’, as only you see fit; there is not a right or wrong answer. ‘TSS’ rather doubts the worth of debating this ‘Shave Ready’ concept today; anyone can bandy that term about as if objective, meaningful information (like a sprinter’s time), but in fact it is completely subjective.
If you elect for the factory edge (= do nothing, no note needed @ checkout), you’ll receive your razor exactly as its manufacturers intended…pretty simple! The factory seal’s been breached, yes, but only so you could choose from individual pictures of stock.
If you elect for The Superior Shave to further hone your razor [plz add “note to vendor” @ checkout], this Böker shall be honed in the manner taught in 2016 to The Superior Shave’s proprietor by two kind Solingen master grinders (whom did/do not work for Dovo, but do use similar 1840s grinders’ textbooks methods). Regardless of their poor refinement compared to further-honed ‘Honemeister’ edges on offer, some physical elements of factory edges remain superior to most further honing attempts. The Superior Shave will devote the extra time to your razor a dying industry cannot afford in overhead, without taking away the factory edge’s inherently advantaged geometric metrics. We’re confident we offer the materially thinnest further-honed-by-vendor edge available for purchase – you’ll need to try that to understand why it matters. Please note: in the professional opinions of German and French razor grinders, a straight razor is not properly honed unless flush to the hone, without tape, so visual evidence of honing is unavoidable when honing is performed correctly according to its makers (we add Vaseline to your razor’s faces and use compatible honing fluid to help a little).
We hone with a method best coined as “the opposite of tape“ where a hone’s geometry’s wholly catered to performance of the razor and to no other concern. Unfortunately, this topic cannot be discussed upon any English-based straight-razor-centric forum because a select group of e-enthusiasts cannot abide such open discourse. Be encouraged to think for yourself, and let your beard and sense of touch be the judge; there is a lot of misinformation out there, much purportedly from experts! We wish you good shopping, and Happy Shaving.