The horn scales are elegant and mildly flexible and certainly fragile, just like they should be, and unlike other producers of high esteem who aimed to simply abandon the more elegant and more fragile horn scale relationship by nearly doubling their thickness and moving their pivot pin position more to the center of the horn slab (but the stability arrives paired with permanent mild annoyance when stropping!), in their head solving the problems of American complaint of defect. Be the smart guy, the horn scales can’t be micarta, and they shouldn’t be, either. “All” you must do with a scale like this is guide your razor’s toe by sight in to and out of the scales each and every time you use it, and you’re left with a lifetime of superior balance and stropping handling comfort; can you do that? Sure. You just can’t be wrong, it is like flying, not necessarily a physically demanding task but one wholly intolerant of error.
Whether you buy a newer thicker-scaled horn razor or something like this one or the beautiful piece here, in all cases local temperature and humidity should be considered and the horn given the environment and/or additives needed to keep it neither dried out or soggy.
This company is absolutely adamant that the razor is dispatched from them already “Shave Ready”, that glorious term of fools without the mind of science to discern the subjective from the objective. As such, we will not further hone this brand unless you instruct us specifically to do so.