Thiers Issard 275 Smart Razor French Straight Razor | Carbon Steel | 6/8 Size | Extra Full Hollow Ground | Round Point | JUMA Synthetic Handle | Made in France

$146.35

Thiers Issard 275 Smart Razor French Straight Razor | Carbon Steel | 6/8 Size | Extra Full Hollow Ground | Round Point | JUMA Synthetic Handle | Made in France

Description

“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.  

The “Smart” razor is a new creation from TI which features a beveled spine work, the blacksmith logo at the tang, and a modern scale from a material called JUMA, a synthetic resin made in a faux ivory motif here and with an innovative cutout near the pivot pin for better handling.  Spiffy!  Weight is approximately 49.6 grams.

The Smart razor is designated “275”, which means both the front and back are satin-matte polished.  “275” = both sides satin-matte, “889” = front side brightly polished rear side satin-matte, “188” = both sides brightly polished and generally extra file jimps (the little ridges in the metal meant to aid in handling) on the top side of the tang.

“Shave Ready”?

If you elect for the factory edge, you’ll receive your razor exactly as its manufacturers intended…pretty simple!

If you elect for The Superior Shave to further hone your razor, your razor will be delivered to you  Guaranteed  Shave Ready! See this exact razor in use below;

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!

Additional information

Weight 6 oz
Dimensions 6 × 4 × 2 in
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Select Edge

Factory Edge, Further-Honed by TSS