Each item was clearly labelled with instructions for each item type included. Quite helpful as getting a lot of items at the same time can be overwhelming.
The Straight Razors I bought are “Sight Unseen” flawed razors, “buy blind - no pictures and no description of the razor”.
They are all vintage and restored to shave worthiness. What is interesting about these razors is that I heard they are that they are from fine Straight Razor manufacturers in Germany, England and the United States that are used then restored or honed to shave well. Flawed means flawed, don’t expect to be getting a shiny new razor, these are after all $28 each.
“Faultless” brand marked Straight Razor, I took a look at the “Faultless” marked F.A.Koch &Co. Germany but I don’t think this is one.
Indeed, I do not think the OC Germans would etch their company name like that. I believe this razor had been etched and badly at that with the "Faultless" name. Of course remember that these are Flawed Razors and are cheap. These are meant to test the straight razor shaving waters and not be displayed or razor of the day pic material.
The razor was not perfect. The scales were stained and scuffed and had a chip on one side. The blade was a hollow ground that indeed felt sharp using a nail test. It looked very antique and I was raring to try her out.
|A chip in the scales|
|First shave straight razor shave - Omega boar brush, Proraso Pre Shave, Acca Kappa shave cream and of course an Alum stone (for grip)|
I loved the razor! It does take some adjustment to go from a shavette to a straight because of the additional effort and tugging, remember that nothing comes close to the incredible sharpness of a commercial razor blade. But the technique is really the same, I got it down pat very easily.
Its stropping that I do not understand, even though I watched Youtube videos and practiced my stropping and guarantee I never turned the blade into the leather. Why the leather has nicks is beyond me.
I would give the blade a light honing after every four uses to maintain the sharpness. Unfortunately as I used her for about two weeks I dulled her most likely with my undeveloped stropping and honing skills. Now I have to get myself a full sharpening set. Who knows, I may become the first Honemeister in the Philippines.
I do have a lot of thoughts on Straight Razor shaving now, it is very different from using a Shavette or a Double Edge Razor by far because of the sheer amount of preparation.
- Strop razor before use
- Clean and dry razor after use
- Oil razor - because you don't want any rust on that bad boy.
- Hone razor every so often
I love using straights of any form, the precision is something I appreciate especially when I shave my goatee. Though it does take some skill development for shaving itself, the results after though are amazing.
I did not like all the razor prep itself. But lets see as I learn to hone. Be back to see my three other razors.