“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.
This listing is for the SUPER GNÔME EXTRA™, a smaller 3/8″ half-hollow ground model specialized for working around the mouth, sideburns, neckline, etc. This razor’s only produced with a round head and either a white or black plastic handle, in 2/8″ or 3/8″ size as here – this 3/8″ model weighs a scant twenty-four grams, with a 132mm-length blade, ~140mm overall length, ~113mm from the center of the pivot hole to furthest position upon toe, ~2.5mm thick blade, and ~1.8-2.3mm thick tang area. The razor’s ~12.6mm from the spine’s ~2.5mm-thickest point to the apex, for a ~15.5° effective cutting angle. The scales themselves, too, like the rest of the razor, are ‘scale-down’ in size, here just ~2.4mm thick. Anti-slip file jimps are present upon the underside of the tang for grip. Both sides of the razor are satin-matte polished (this is the “275” in Thiers-Issard speak).
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! 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.