The French have been known for centuries to craft some of the finest luxuries in history, and that luxury now includes Damascus straight-razors. Since the industrial revolution, few straight razors have been traditionally hand-forged. Forging improves cutting ability, lifespan and can often make a blade much sexier, which is why Thiers Issard chose this method for the crown jewel in their straight-razor collection.
Forged damascus steel will keep its edge even longer than the already incredibly hard Thiers Issard Razors, making this an heirloom that will last generations. The slightly taller than average blade will last longer and offer more heft while shaving, and the water-buffalo horn scales offer the perfect complement to damascus steel.
This razor is made from high carbon steel, capable of amazing sharpness and great edge retention but requires a little extra care. Be sure to dry your razor well after every use, and oil with Blade Oil or store in a dry place.
All straight razors must be stropped before use to straighten burrs and polish the edge for the smoothest shave possible. Be sure to use agood quality stropand accurate technique.
Honing/ Sharpening should be done on Japanese synthetic or natural whetstones. You can bring your blade into a Kent of Inglewood store to be honed, with the first time free on any blades purchased from us. Razor honing classes are also available at your nearest Kent of Inglewood location.
About Thiers Issard - Thiers-Issard was founded by Pierre Thiers in 1884, its name stemming from his wife’s and his last name, to differentiate between other Thiers of the area. Pierre Thiers put so much of his heart into his business; rumor has it that he died at his workbench. The company passed down through successive generations until 1985 when the company transferred to Gilles Reynewaeter, a Frenchman absolutely enamored by straight razors who has written two books on the subject. The company now uses a proprietary Japanese steel blend mixed with 1800’s techniques to craft some of the world's best razors.