Heard about my #Veteran razors? Every sale of these battle-scarred, smooth shaving razors helps a #Veteran.
I think that these restored vintage razors are an ideal way to start straight razor shaving. True, the razors might have pitting or scars, the signature signs of their past. But scars, marks and patina don't mean that a razor can't be resurrected, used and enjoyed.
I hope that it's obvious that these #Veterans are not like so many of the allegedly 'shave-ready' razors sold on online auction sites, which are typically filthy razors, polished up and slapped on some synthetic hones: rough, dirty and dangerous. On the contrary, every #Veteran is guaranteed smooth shaving and ready for active service.
So, have a look at what's involved. Follow the journey of one razor back to service.
Meet the razor: it's a Sheffield blade made of excellent steel. It's sadly corroded and scarred. Let's get to work!
1. Every #Veteran is unpinned, every time
Read my blog on the risks of dirty razors. I don't want to put you off eating your rations, so, I won't go into details. Suffice to say, I don't take any chances with your health and safety. This is why every razor is unpinned from its scales. I get to work on the parts that others can't reach.
Unpinning a razor lets me get at rust and dirt that otherwise gathers around the pivot.
It also ensures that the scales can be properly cleaned. I always start with antibacterial wipes then a good bath in antibacterial and antiviral fluid. No, not vodka.
First stage of cleaning the scales. Then they have a bath.
I hope that it's obvious that these #Veterans are not like so many of the allegedly 'shave-ready' razors sold on online auction sites, which are typically filthy razors, polished up and slapped on some synthetic hones: rough, dirty and dangerous. Your #Veteran will be ready for duty.
2. Spit and polish (not literally)
Next comes the hard graft. The blades are then cleaned of corrosion and any issues with the blade edges are corrected. Work on the #Veterans is usually done by mechanical means, not handraulic power, which means I can pass on the savings to you.
The blades are polished and then reassembled.
Properly pinned too in the Old School method.
3. No place like hone.
Yes, you've guessed it. After the hard work, comes the skilful bit. Honing. This is the stage that turns a #Veteran into a smooth shaving razor. It's the bit when Dr Frankenstein flicks the switch and the monster comes alive.
This is really what you're paying for - a razor that shaves buttery smooth.
I only hone on natural hones, so the edges are never harsh in the way that synthetic hones are.
After honing, the razors are dried and stropped.
The #Veteran is back.
4. Buy a #Veteran help a real #Veteran
Buy a #Veteran - you get a proper razor. The really important bit is that your purchase helps a real #Veteran.
Discarding a scarred old razor is a shame. The sad thing is that our society treats people in the same way.
In particular, there is something morally abhorrent in the way society discards ex-military Veterans. The way we treat the less fortunate in our society shames us all, unless we take steps to change things, we're just as guilty.
A couple of years back we took a family holiday to Edinburgh. I noticed a homeless ex-serviceman begging on the street. I later found, to my horror, that he had died of hypothermia during a bitterly cold winter.
Every sale means that some money goes to support the work of #Veterans Charities. I also donate to the Foodbank. Moving money around to where it's needed; that's my motivation for working on these blades.
5. Live a meaningful life and shave well.
Do something today, now, to make the World a better place. I'm not just talking about buying a razor.