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    Quote Originally Posted by thegirlfriend View Post
    I'm cringing as I type this, but does that involve leather in anyway? If not, I'm thinking send it out until he's comfortable with it. I know he won't want to potentially cause damage to it until he's 100% sure what he's doing.


    ** I'm perfectly fine with getting something and having it restored... this is just way more complicated than I had previously thought. I read up on straight razors, and my head about exploded with information.
    That was my point. Yeah not using leather but putting the blade to an actual stone. If he was looking into honing this, and being new, we would not want him to damage a beautiful new blade because of it requiring more of an expert level of honing. But if he sends it out, or thinks it's too nice for him to try to hone himself then the profile and grind would be more of his preference than skill level.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorEthanolic View Post
    Would you like another boyfriend? And props to you!
    Haha. I also just figured out that I should reply with quote!

    It's something I know he loves, so it's important to me as well
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    My advice would be, make sure it is honed (sharpened) properly and buy from this forum or another reputable place. Avoid ebay.


    Straight razor designs .com would be the best IMO if you want new. You will get a razor that is shave ready. If he only has one, I am willing to bet it wont matter what it is as long as its quality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redcane View Post
    My advice would be, make sure it is honed (sharpened) properly and buy from this forum or another reputable place.


    Straight razor designs .com would be the best IMO. You will get a razor that is shave ready. If he only has one, I am willing to bet it wont matter what it is as its quality.
    Ok. Is shave ready the same as honed? I thought I read somewhere that shave ready didn't always mean that it had been honed by a professional. If not, should I then send it to someone to have honed?

    Do I need to buy other.. stuff?

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    Oh don't worry about it being complicated. We just want to pin down any possible preferences. But we will try to make this as easy as possible for you. Just tell us any observations that you have noticed with him and his shaving.
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    Straight Razor Design

    Ralf Aust 6/8 Spanish Point with micarta scales. Olive or bocote wood is nice too....Anyone would be proud to own one of these

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegirlfriend View Post
    Ok. Is shave ready the same as honed? I thought I read somewhere that shave ready didn't always mean that it had been honed by a professional. If not, should I then send it to someone to have honed?

    Do I need to buy other.. stuff?
    What we define as shave ready is where the razor is honed by a professional and not just by the manufacturer. If you get a razor from straight razor designs or any vender from here it will be professionally honed before it is shipped to you
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    Welcome to SRP.

    One thing I am quite certain about is that you will end up with a good razor because the members are very knowledgeable and passionate about this hobby and would steer you away from junk which is plentiful.

    Budget under 1000 will get you virtually any razor, which means you have enormous amount of options.

    Actually 'new razor' 'around $150' for the one he uses narrows it down quite a bit. There are only a handful of companies producing straight razors, and the price puts it with one of the bigger ones - Dovo, Boker, Ralph Aust, or Thiers-Issard, most likely the not the last since they tend to be more expensive. And these razors come in the standard size 5/8 to 6/8 with full hollow ground. In other words I have over 90% certainty about the razor your boyfriend has.

    Since it is a gift and you have big budget, I'd suggest that you get something 'special'. There are two broad options and could both be under your budget say $200-$600. The first is a custom made razor by a great maker. From your description of your boyfriend something more traditional versus something 'alien' looking would be good.
    Take a look at The Custom Straight Razor Shop : to get ideas or just pick something that you like.
    The second option is a vintage razor - you do not want to buy something that needs to be fixed - you want it to be in ready to be presented state. So close to new condition or with minimal restoration that is already done.
    The classifieds here are generally a very good place to look, but the things that are available vary since it's not a big marketplace. Take a look at the razors on there right now and in the archive section (the ones that have been sold or expired in the last couple of weeks) and check every now and then. You can also place a WTB ad and see what responses you'd get.

    One good resource to use is the mentors and moderators - they have badge under their screen name and the full list is at SRP Staff - Straight Razor Place Forum. You can contact them by private message (when you click on the screen name the popover has that option). Of course, opinions on razors vary, but everybody would be knowledgeable about the condition of a razor i.e. hone wear and heavy restoration that you should avoid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gugi View Post
    Welcome to SRP.

    One thing I am quite certain about is that you will end up with a good razor because the members are very knowledgeable and passionate about this hobby and would steer you away from junk which is plentiful.

    Budget under 1000 will get you virtually any razor, which means you have enormous amount of options.

    Actually 'new razor' 'around $150' for the one he uses narrows it down quite a bit. There are only a handful of companies producing straight razors, and the price puts it with one of the bigger ones - Dovo, Boker, Ralph Aust, or Thiers-Issard, most likely the not the last since they tend to be more expensive. And these razors come in the standard size 5/8 to 6/8 with full hollow ground. In other words I have over 90% certainty about the razor your boyfriend has.

    Since it is a gift and you have big budget, I'd suggest that you get something 'special'. There are two broad options and could both be under your budget say $200-$600. The first is a custom made razor by a great maker. From your description of your boyfriend something more traditional versus something 'alien' looking would be good.
    Take a look at The Custom Straight Razor Shop : to get ideas or just pick something that you like.
    The second option is a vintage razor - you do not want to buy something that needs to be fixed - you want it to be in ready to be presented state. So close to new condition or with minimal restoration that is already done.
    The classifieds here are generally a very good place to look, but the things that are available vary since it's not a big marketplace. Take a look at the razors on there right now and in the archive section (the ones that have been sold or expired in the last couple of weeks) and check every now and then. You can also place a WTB ad and see what responses you'd get.

    One good resource to use is the mentors and moderators - they have badge under their screen name and the full list is at SRP Staff - Straight Razor Place Forum. You can contact them by private message (when you click on the screen name the popover has that option). Of course, opinions on razors vary, but everybody would be knowledgeable about the condition of a razor i.e. hone wear and heavy restoration that you should avoid.
    Amazing. You guys are amazing. Traditional is virtually his middle name. If you could mix a cowboy shaving his face with a knife over a campfire and a barbershop, that would be him.
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    For a new razor I agree with the poster above, somewhere like straightrazordesigns.com is a good start. They stock a good range of current manufacturers and you can be assured of their quality. They also come ready-honed and I believe (but you should contact the vendor to make sure) that they also give you your first re-hone for free.

    For your proposed budget you'll find something your partner will very much like - personally I like the Thiers Issards (french) razors, but to each their own as they say.

    There's always the option of a gift voucher from a vendor (I'm sure, for example, straightrazordesigns would do that but again, ask them) and letting your partner choose for himself what he wants.

    If you would like to get him a vintage blade our classifieds are a good place to look. Buying vintage blades is a little more fraught than buying a new one of course.

    Good luck, I'm sure you'll work it out. It isn't as complicated as it first appears (or as we sometimes like to make it out to be ). Razors shave faces and as long as you deal with a reputable vendor any differences in blades are simply a personal preference. If your partner only has 1 or two razors, anything you get him will be appreciated and he'll learn to use it. Most likely he hasn't experienced enough razor types to know what he prefers anyway.

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