Rasoir Sabre’s “L’elegant” (6EL111_CBANT) comes from a 6/8″ 100c6 carbon steel blank produced in Thiers, France, in a style to remind of mid-19th century French and English razors, and going along with this it has a highly-mirrored polish finish that you just don’t see today anymore in a world favoring the sandblasted and hand finished satin-matte options.
The point of the razor is a classic Spanish style (as were the razors of the time it emulates), and the scales are made from farm-raised buffalo horn aged prior to forming to help improve stability (always guide any horn-handled razor in to and out of the scales by careful sight, as horn loves to move!)
It has all the typical flaws of production that vintage French style’s known for, but it is also the king of the thin and pliant cutting edge in any modern production razor; look straight upon the terminus of this cutting edge with the binocular stereo microscope and the subtle meanderings of the cutting edge toward the show side or non-show side are a true indication of the keening of the blade.
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 Rasoir Sabre France razor with its factory edge (which we think is exceptional, but that’s just one subjective opinion, and opinions vary) 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 Rasoir Sabre France razor will 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.