Thiers Issard 275 Le Grelot French Straight Razor | Carbon Steel | 6/8 Size | Full Hollow Ground | Round Point | Ebony Wood Handle | Made in France


Thiers Issard Le Grelot French Straight Razor | Carbon Steel | 6/8 Size | Full Hollow Ground | Round Point | Ebony Wood Handle | Made in France | EAN 3436000002770


“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, such as lead tempering and the use of a single forging die and multiple hammer/reheat/hammer cycles versus the quicker method employed elsewhere where a progressive series of forging dies are used in sequence with just one heating cycle.  

“Le Grelot” was a historic trademark originating from a deceased operations Thiers cutler, and at some point the ownership of Thiers-Issard purchased the Grelot trademark along with a cache of ‘blanks’ of vintage forging of unknown time or recipe.   Those original forged cylinders are long gone and the name is just kept for posterity, though they do use a particular die set (from modern forging), slightly thicker than the profile of the Evide Sonnant Extra et al and rather emulates the shape of those original Grelots.  All the same processes are occurring to the two distinct profiles of steel cylinder/formulation, and in these cases inevitably some blanks are better at getting super concave than others.   So you can think of the Grelot today as as hollow as any Solingen standard full hollow ground, but not as hollow as the Evide Sonnant Extra, 188 ____, 889 ____, etc.

The Le Grelot 6/8″ size model is supplied with cheeky paper coffin packaging, and with handles made of Macassar ebony wood which comes from a ‘wood farm’ in Spain but is thereafter entirely produced in France by hand.  TI doesn’t sell scales-alone anymore so if you want original quality and the variations of the handle, you have to pay TI to play…and they do an absolutely amazing job, I must say.  Scales are tight and true.  In this configuration of 6/8″ size and ebony wood, the Grelot weighs approximately fifty-two grams.

“Shave Ready”?

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!

If you elect for The Superior Shave to further hone your razor [plz add “note to vendor” @ checkout], your razor will be delivered to you  Guaranteed  Shave Ready!   Observe this model razor being honed by TSS here!   The Superior Shave hones via a method best coined (by the old Thiers-Issard director) as “the opposite of tape“, where the hones’ shapes cater to performance and little else; you begin with your coarsest stone that’s shaped as the smallest imaginary wheel, and you progress to finer abrasives shaped like larger wheels, thus honing from the spine toward the actual edge, leaving a *thin*, concave edge first and foremost.

The convex honing methods were used at Thiers-Issard for many years (they’re the ones that told me about it in the first place ~2010), though [as you can see in the video at top] today as the natural stone convex wheels once used are now commercially deceased, they use 5 pairs of ~flat discs to establish a cutting edge which is then ultimately refined with a dual-grit pasted strop.  While I’ve tremendous respect for Thiers-Issard’s method and believe many people will love its shave straight out of the box, if you don’t mind more visual queues of honing, for my own face I prefer the concaved edge, and thus that is how I hone your razor when requested.  If a commercial wheel fine and slow enough to establish a concaved bevel still existed, I believe they’d probably still use one.

There is no wrong or right choice for factory edge/further honed, but please do not believe all factory edges are never ‘Shave Ready’, that is an absurd yet common belief.  Their intention is certainly for you to only need to strop the new razor (after wiping off the factory oil) prior to shaving to receive a terrific shave.  Thanks for reading this, and happy shaving!

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Weight 4 oz
Dimensions 6 × 2 × 1 in
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