“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.
‘1196’ is the designation of the Evide Sonnant Extra, TI’s bread-and-butter model. The “ESE” is supplied with a free basic black leather sheath/pouch. The handle’s made from bocote wood, and when we receive our stock, we will individually display the razors in a “police lineup” so that you can be as choosy as you wish, and the razor you’ll receive will be the one YOU picked, rather than from a generic image (such as what is shown with this listing as we type it upon November 23rd 2022). We expect delivery of this razor in early 2023 or possibly December 2022. Thiers-Issard’s standards for excellence in the pinning tightness, centering, and tension uniformity are, in this opinion, unmatched in the world today.
In shaving with straight razors the majority of my lifetime now and having owned and used hundreds, a basic no-frills late-1990s to early 2000s copy (only remember which apartment living when got it & dates of those leases) of this same ole ‘Evide Sonnant Extra’ razor is the finest shaving tool I’ve ever put to face, and when I got it new its bevel form was wavy as a funhouse mirror. As Sam Cassell might possibly decree, never mind how I look, just gimme the damn rock. While it isn’t a fancy looking TI among TIs, the Evide Sonnant Extra absolutely can shave you simply magically close.
If you elect for the factory edge, you’ll receive your razor exactly as its manufacturers intended…pretty simple! Your factory seal will have been breached, yes, but only so you could choose the wood grain on the scales of your exact razor you’ll receive.
If you elect for The Superior Shave to further hone your razor [add a ‘note to vendor’ at checkout denoting so], your razor will be delivered to you Guaranteed Shave Ready! Observe this precise model of razor being honed by TSS here and here! The Superior Shave hones via a method best coined (by the old Thiers-Issard director) as “the opposite of tape“ where the hones’ geometries are catered to performance of the razor and to no other concern.