When in Germany recently, our fearless leader Kevin Kent met with a man who represented two little known razor-makers in Germany. These companies, one a single man and the other a tightly run family business, made incredible blades that rivaled the highest quality blades of France and Japan. Razors made with true Solingen steel, a rarity these days, and carefully crafted in each step of the process. This is the story of Ralf Aust, and you can read about Wacker here.
Raulf Aust is a man with a varied history in german steel manufacturing, with an attention to detail and passion not often seen these days in world of german blade production. His training began with grinding scissors for Waldmin & Saam in 1970, before he moved around to several different manufacturers in Solingen including the famed maker of razor and cutlery, Boker. For a time afterwards, Herr Aust supported his father in law producing straight razors before establishing his own shop called “Raziermessermanufaktur Aust”. To this day, Ralf Aust produces some of the finest straight razors available, crafted from true German steel that he acquires from his home-town of Solingen. Ralf works alone, overseeing every single step of production and honing by hand to ensure a top-notch product.
Herr Aust uses a mix of machinery old and new. One of his grinding machines for thinning his razors was inherited, while his laser etching and cutting machines are the best available for engraving his mark on his blades and precision cutting his wooden scales. Raulf Aust continues to refine, innovate, and learn his craft. Each blade is hand-honed and stropped by the master, with the same methods used at Kent of Inglewood. This ensures that his blades are always shave ready and while we always check them, we never find his blades in need of touching up.
My favorite Ralf Aust Blade: The Detailer.
At long last, we have found it: The perfect beard-trimming tool. By crafting a blade shorter and skinnier than most, Ralf Aust has created a straight razor that is perfectly designed for trimming facial hair of all kinds. This blade can sneak in under the nose to line up a moustache just as well as it can shave a pesky neck-beard to create a more noble look.
By using true Solingen Steel, this blade will offer a top-notch shave and extreme precision thanks to a French point, a detail that some even dare to trim their nose-hairs with.
Whichever Ralf Aust blade you choose, you will not be disappointed. You can check out the full selection here.