Boker Arbolito Straight Razor, 5/8Boker
“Arbolito” is Spanish for “little tree,” and this razor celebrates Boker’s market in Central and South America, where the company is known casually as Arbolito because of the fact that their logo is — a little tree, of course. The Arbolito is incredibly lightweight, super thin, and sports a handsome Spanish tip for extra control and nimbleness. Pick up this razor next time you’re in one of the shops, and marvel at its construction, and the love and precision that goes into each one of Boker’s 120 steps crafting it.
About Boker - Patterned after the chestnut tree that towered above the first Boker factory across the river from Solingen, Boker has been grinding blades since 1829. That tree stood until 1925 when it was cleaved in twain by lightning. With production alternating between Solingen and New York, Boker’s legacy of fine blades continues nearly two centuries later in their straight razors that still bear the mark of the tree.
This Razor was honed by Hand
Care for Straight Razors: Most razors are made of a high carbon steel, which allows for a long-lasting and sharper edge but is susceptible to rusting when left wet or in a humid environment. To prevent this, one would dry the razor thoroughly after each use and rub it with blade oil when stored for prolonged periods of time.
To maintain the edge, a leather strop is of the utmost importance. Ideally used before each shave, the strop does the best job at polishing a razor for the smoothest shave possible. It is important to use a gentle touch and to keep the spine flat on the leather; pushing too hard or using too steep of an angle can damage the delicate edge.
Even with regular stropping, a razor will need to be honed. In the world of razors, honing is the process of using a sharpening stone to refresh the edge. Depending on its use, a razor will need to be honed one or two times a year. Any razors purchased from Kent of Inglewood will receive their first honing for free, subsequent honing services are a mere $20. If you are the sort to take care of things yourself, a progression of high quality Japanese water stones will prove indispensable.
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