Straight Edge Razor Sharpening Service
Straight Edge Razors Sharpened
At the Sharpening Shack, we will hone your straight razor and restore its shaving sharp edge using the same time-honored and proven Hand-Honing, Lapping, and Stropping Techniques employed by professional barbers for over 400 years. This service applies to razors which have become dull through normal use and require "routine resharpening" only. Whether you have a antique carbon steel straight razor or a modern stainless steel straight edge razor, we can sharpen it!!!
Our Straight Razor Sharpening Service includes the following:
Cost: $20 for Carbon Blades and $22 for Stainless Blades
Only by shaving with a properly sharpened razor can one appreciate the optimal quality, comfort, and closeness of a straight razor shave. Whether hand-honing your razor is an art you have not yet mastered or a chore you prefer not to do, we will do it for you.
Straight Razors handcrafted by Thiers-Issard
"New Razor" Sharpness - The Reality Do they shave out-of-the-box?
The short answer is; "Sometimes." To understand why (or why not) you need to know a bit more about how straight razors are made or more precisely, how they are sharpened. There is no razor manufacturer to our knowledge that actually hand-hones a razor's edge the way it's owner or user would. Frankly, the reasons for this are as much economical as practical. Anyone who has ever succeeded in achieving the perfect hand-honed razor edge knows that doing so is a time and labor intensive process even when performed by an experienced person.
For a manufacturer to hand-hone every razor edge would reduce production levels to such a low number that the resulting cost of each razor would be prohibitive for anyone other than the wealthiest people. In any manufacturing process certain trade-offs are inevitable - most are necessitated by the requirements of maintaining acceptable production quantities and keeping the selling price affordable. The final step in the manufacture of a straight razor is applying the finest edge possible within the aforementioned limitations.
Factory sharpening of straight razors is a combination of machine and hand and there's very little "honing" to it. The shaving edge of a razor is applied by use of a very fine abrasive disc, much in appearance to that of a record album on a turntable. The razor's edge is lightly held to the flat surface of the spinning disc. The razor's back is held up, away from the disc in order to prevent damage to any decorative plating or filework. The edge is then ground equally on both sides.
By now the variable factors should be apparent. Was the edge actually ground equally on both sides? Was the razor's back raised to exactly the same height for both sides of the edge? How many razors were previously sharpened using the same disc? How long since the disc was dressed or replaced? How experienced was the craftsman? Was this the last razor sharpened before lunch or on Friday afternoon, or the first on Monday morning?
So now you know.... We would be more than happy to touch and sharpen or hone and new straight razor.
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