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Going Dutch

Going Dutch

Read about the restoration of a fine Dutch razor. The shave was delightful, the blade is beautifully balanced and a wonderful testament to the Dutch razor manufacturers I knew so little about.
London not Sheffield

London not Sheffield

The London cutlery trade guild preceded that of Sheffield by over two hundred years! In fact, London was the centre for cutlery manufacture until the early 1800s
Just a restoration.

Just a restoration.

If you’ve bought one of my razors, you know that it’s been stripped and rebuilt to be surgically sharp, silky smooth and, importantly, hygienically clean.
Making some new, old scales.

Making some new, old scales.

A welcome challenge. Make old scales. Scales like the ones popular when Napoleon Bonaparte was trending on Twitter.
5 reasons not to shave with a straight razor.

5 reasons not to shave with a straight razor.

Here are five common misconceptions about straight razors which, I think, are stopping a lot of people from making the transition to a straight razor.
Simply Stropping.

Simply Stropping.

This is an important topic, particularly for the increasing number of beginner straight razor shavers and, people who are thinking of buying their first straight razor. 
Soap on. Soap Off.

Soap on. Soap Off.

Have you ever wondered about the best way to wipe the shaving soap off your straight razor while you shave? As the straight razor is different in concept and use to a safety razor, should we think twice before transferring modern habits to its use?
Restoring a Thomas Ward & Co. Sheffield Razor

Restoring a Thomas Ward & Co. Sheffield Razor

This series of Workshop blogs are intended to give a glimpse on the restoration process and, perhaps see the logic behind some design process that results in the finished, restored razor.
Restoring Somme razor

Restoring Somme razor

I was intrigued, particularly when I learned that the razor was recently pulled out of the earth from the former German lines on the Somme front. It had been in the soil for over 100 years.
A man who stamped his name - the story of a Sheffield Little Mester.

A man who stamped his name - the story of a Sheffield Little Mester.

So you have an old Sheffield razor. Do you ever wonder about the times it was made or the life of the skilled craftsman who made it?
Improve your shave - 7 unconventional tips

Improve your shave - 7 unconventional tips

How peculiar it is that we think that there's a correct, approved way to shave?

Shave for the sake of your health

Shave for the sake of your health

For many reasons, the internet can be a pretty bad bang for your shaving buck. Not only could the choice of a vendor's empty promises of a shave ready razor result in a bad shave, it could also be bad for your health.