TYPES OF STEEL TO CONSIDER:

Carbon Steel
Silver Steel
Blue Steel

These types provide you with an excellent edge and are easy to hone.


BRANDS TO CONSIDER:

Thiers Issard (Best)
Dovo
Fromm



PLACES TO BUY STRAIGHT RAZORS


The Art of Shaving Stores
www.classicshaving.com

www.straightrazorplace.com

www.straightrazordesigns.com
www.thiers-issard.co.uk/
                                                                                                                                                                    


HOW TO TELL WHICH TYPES OF STEEL TO BUY

Steel is marked on the HANDLE which sits just in back of the blade itself. (See picture above). It will have the manufacturers name and city/country where it was made. This goes back to the earliest of times (ie early 1900's.If it is no so marked on the shank or on the side of the blade, you should hesitate purchasing it. No markings are a sign of cheap, trashy manufacturing. This type of razor is normally very inexpensive (less than $ 20.00). If you wish to indulge yourself in this type, normally it WILL NOT TAKE AN EDGE EVER  and you will waste your money and be frustrated. This type of steel is known as "Junk Steel".


STAINLESS STEEL BLADES

If your razor's blade is made of Stainless Steel, it will be so marked on the Tang or the side of the heel of the blade. It is very important to find this out before shipping your razor to be honed. Stainless Steel contains Chromium which gives the blade a highly polished finish. But it also makes the blade hard to put an edge on. For this reason, I do not handle this type of steel. If the blade is not marked in any way, you can tell by the razor's weight. If it is heavy, it probably is Stainless Steel. A lot of inexpensive razors sold on E Bay are in fact stainless steel.


FAKE STEEL

There is a new trend emerging acroos the internet concerning mismarked steel. By mismarked, I mean steel that gives the impression that it is a high grade steel when, in fact, it is substandard. The latest issue I have run into are blades marked as made in "Solingen" and marked as "Carbon Steel". When I took close look at the marking "Carbon Steel" it appeared that this marking was an apllique laid on top of the handle. When sharpened, this steel did not even hold an edge. So I guess someone is trying to boost sales with mismarked steel. Before you buy, have the seller send you detailed pics of the blade before parting with your cash. The trade name on these 2 razors were "Zeepk" and the other was a generic.
A WORD ABOUT SIZE & WEIGHT

When planning to buy your first couple of razors, always keep in mind that the weight has EVERYTHING to do with getting a close shave. 4/8" is considered a lightweight razor and is often no good for a course beard. 5/8" is just as perfect as you can get. The blade has enough weight on it so that you will not get any pulling. This little bit of steel that makes up the blade is what adds this weight. It is generally of good use for 95% of the men who use them. It gives you a smooth, clean shave with no handling problems. The next step upwards in weight is a 7/8" which is considered VERY heavy. It can take on every beard known to man but the extra weight can cause handling problems.
         BRANDS I HAVE SHARPENED WITH SUCCESS (5/8" Razors )
  Bauman & Shones   Fromm 72R Morris Flamingo
  Boker King Cutter   Geneva Cutlery   My Fathers LTD
Bordeux   Griffin    Oxford
Camilius Hamburg Ring   Prior Reg Quality
Cleveland Cutlery Heinrick Boker Stainless    Rolf Austs
Dovo: Diamant, Royal Shave,   Hindoo    Solingen
Dovo: Bismark, Ebenholz, Special   Hunter Noir    Thiers Issard
  Dubl Duck    J A Henckel   Timor  Solingen  Carron
  Fiodur II   Karnack   Wade & Butcher
  Friedrick Bauman Lions Brand   Waldorf