“Handmade in France”
Made by hand (and uniquely so), the Thiers-Issard brand is, in this one opinion, the most hollow ground and flexible razor left in production today. They’ve produced straight razors for nearly 100 years in Thiers, France, with traditional methods confined to this most special of nations.
‘1196’ is the designation of the Evide Sonnant Extra, TI’s bread-and-butter model. The “ESE” is supplied with a free basic black leather sheath/pouch. Weight is this variation (with snakewood scales) is approximately fifty-five grams. The snakewood scales are actually quite robust and durable among the field of timber in straight razor handles; one never hears of cracks from TI scales, which easily happen with other brands, and they employ a concept called ‘noble wood’, wherein a “wood farm” in Spain ages the blanks of wood for months, unnecessarily large for the finished product, so that the variations in temperature/pressure/humidity can take place and the finished scales can be carved from within a piece of wood which has already been exposed to these seasonal variances.
Furthermore, in shaving with straight razors the majority of my lifetime now and having owned and used hundreds, a basic no-frills late-1990s to early 2000s copy (only remember which apartment living when got it & dates of those leases) of this same ole ‘Evide Sonnant Extra’ razor is the finest shaving tool I’ve ever put to face, and when I got it new its bevel form was wavy as a funhouse mirror. As Sam Cassell might possibly decree, never mind how I look, just gimme the damn rock. While it isn’t a fancy looking TI among TIs, the Evide Sonnant Extra absolutely can shave you simply magically close.
If you elect for the factory edge, you’ll receive your razor exactly as its manufacturers intended…pretty simple! The factory seal will have been breached, yes, but only for the purpose of producing the ‘police lineup’ images you see here.
If you elect for The Superior Shave to further hone your razor [= please add a ‘note to vendor’ asking for such at checkout], your razor will be delivered to you Guaranteed Shave Ready! The Superior Shave hones via a method best coined (by the old Thiers-Issard director) as “the opposite of tape“ where the hones’ geometries are catered to performance of the razor and to no other concern.