Handmade in France
These are the best razors in the world produced today in our opinion, and our returns policy truly makes no logical reason you wouldn’t buy from us. They’re hand made, each unique, and always special. They are the most hollow and flexible razors in the world still made.
Thiers-Issard has produced straight razors for nearly 100 years in Thiers, France, in the traditional methods unique to this most special of nations.
This is an extra hollow ground 6/8″ of their basic form but with decorations on both the tang and the show side which are dedicated to this historic nod, Médaille D’or Exposition Alger 1921. Someone won a medal in 1921, perhaps they were curlers known for their beloved French brooms revered for their sweeping?
Desert ironwood makes up the scales, and at The Superior Shave this particular timber holds some special historic appeal as it was the scales of our very first custom razor long since gone to time. These pieces are better than what we had because they posses more of that ‘unpolisheable’ recurrent pattern to the touch, no doubt about that, but we wouldn’t have gotten the deal that we did if we didn’t make that concession. Judging in person for my little razor NFL drafts and doing gravity models as I like to do to balance desires/price, the ‘squiggliest’ ones are consistently the lookers to me, and because of this there is indeed one specimen on two images which pops with the most of that advertised minimum of the attribute that I’d assume it goes first as the bluest chip of stocks, but I don’t want to alter the prices on such otherwise drab imagery to reveal which is which. It has always been a nightmare to photograph except one by one with very controlled lighting. It’s a beautiful timber by any standard, and an all-American one to boot.
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.