A beautiful and rare Mappin Shilling Razor, restored and shave ready.
Almost full wedge and 13/16"
This razor made by the short lived Mappin Company about 1864, before their amalgamation to become the more well known Mappin and Webb Company.
Classic straight razors are my passion. I shave with one every single day, and it's my pleasure to resurrect these razors and present them to you.
All my razors are
repaired (where necessary)
honed on a succession of the finest Japanese or Ardennes Coticule water hones.
Very often, the scales (handles) are replaced too. This entire restoration process takes time - an average 10 hours of time. I prefer to use hardcore 'handraulic' power to restore razors. The shine you see is the result of many hours of patient polishing.
About this razor
This razor caught my attention as soon as I saw it. It's striking, but beautifully made too. It's wonderfully balanced. The razor is almost a full wedge, it is very lightly ground. It was made by a craftsman.
The original scales were not salvageable. The razor now sits in buffalo horn scales with a blonde horn spacer. I made the scales and spacer specially for this razor.
Pictures taken during making the scales and spacer.
The pivot's last look at my workshop before being pinned.
The pivot washers used to pin the razor were handmade by me too. It is about as bespoke as bespoke can be, without chasing the buffalo for its horn.
Being a near wedge, the blade is very solid and smooth, inspiring confidence. The quality of the blade edge is now excellent. The razor was taped during part of the honing process by me. The steel honed beautifully on this razor, Mr Mappin evidently used high quality steel in the manufacture of his razors.
An excellent shaving piece of Britain's industrial past, this is a delightful razor.
Please note that the photos were taken before the blade was honed
What's been done?
The razor has been sterilized in Barbicide solution
The razor has been stripped down
The blade's spine has been ground and then, like the entire razor, it has been sanded with various grades of wet & dry.
The blade was polished
The pivot was cleaned up
New internal brass washers made
New buffalo horn scales and blonde horn spacer were made, polished and fitted with new pins and washers
A new bevel set on the blade with a Naniwa Chosera 1k, followed by my favourite Ardennes Coticule for the famously smooth feel. The razor was then stropped on linen, Latigo and Cordovan shell.
The blade passes the "hanging hair test", for what that's worth. More importantly the blade's edge is smooth! It is now ready for use by you.