The Robuso 803B’s a historic forging of classic style 7″ hair shear hollow ground and honed today in the NTS fashion, labeled “Robuso” here as an apparent deceased appeal to barbers that it was a robust product. Here we are complete with cheeky shopworn “Made in Western Germany” packaging from whenever this product was forged, and please for the love of humanity do not expect individual pictures of some thirty year old paper that got crinkled on the 1-month ride from DE to FL, too. Its shop-wear is a feature 😉 One edge (the bottom) is micro-serrated, one razor type (the top), and there are no finger rests nor holes to accept them. There is a rubber bumper between the rings and the center screw is durable and expertly tensioned.
Grinders view these historic forgings of carbon steel superior in metallurgical properties than the stainless & even carbon of today, because the forging of a scissor and its provenance is a massive influence on its final product. It makes a more responsive and durable cutting edge.
To allow such excellent old carbon steel to be a daily driver for a US barber today, they have burnished the steel by deliberately oxidizing it in a tightly controlled environment to produce the blackened patina surface; you can use this shear all day for wet and dry cuts, just dry it thoroughly in between use and store dry after cleaning (lightly oil with non food oil for long term storage). All the grinding work was done today by the NTS master grinders, using the drop forged historic stock of blanks and packaging.
A very special find indeed! This is a true master scissor at dry cuts, due to the excellent properties of the steel.