Handmade in France
Thiers-Issard has been producing straight razors ~100 years in Thiers, France, in the traditional methods unique to this most special of nations.
This is the basic model round point 6/8″ razor in their tremendously thin extra hollow grind, ‘1196’ here being the motif of the “Evide Sonnant Extra”. This razor’s supplied with a free leather sheath/pouch.
The scales here are costly; they’re made of ‘noble’ walnut wood, which means they source blanks of wood much larger than they need and allow them to age over seasons of temp/humidity variance so that when they finally do cut them down to size they will tend to stay stationary more than others.
Furthermore, in straight razor shaving a majority of (shaving) lifetime and owned / used hundreds, a basic no-frills late-1990s to early 2000s copy (only remember where living to date it) 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. One of the interesting things about current TI is that they’ll not sell the scales alone anymore (something we do brisk business for as a general category when stock’s to be had), and I think TI’s particularly talented at ‘book-matching’ and the like of materials, so these price deltas vs the bare-bones Evide Sonnant Extra 6/8″ are the cost of loving what you look at, and nothing more. The sentence of pure French-ism declining to sell scales-alone was a classic, too.
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 TI 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 TI shall 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.