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    Default Joe Chandler Handmade Straight

    I've been shaving with straights for about two and a half years, and have accumulated a decent collection of restored, NOS, and new razors.

    Here lately, though, I felt like my collection needed to have some representation by some of the outstanding makers we have within our community. For my first, I turned to Joe Chandler. I have commissioned Joe's restoration services before, and his prices are quite competitive. It seemed a natural selection for my first customized razor. Joe, as the artisan, was free to make the scales after I selected the wood.

    This is the first blade (knife or razor) I have ever owned with damascus steel -- I so wanted it for this razor! Joe stated the damascus came from Mike Blue, and is made from 1095 and 15N20 in a twist pattern with a hardness of 59 Rc. The wedge and fasteners are made of brass. I will tell you that this is a substantial piece; it weighed in at around 4oz. While this doesn't seem like much, most other razors were weighing in at 2oz, and the closest razor that I found in my collection was a W&B Barber's Use which weighed in at 3.5oz. The scales are nicely polished African Blackwood in a natural finish.

    The blade width is 8/8 measured from edge to spine; if you measure to where the hone would touch (edge plus bottom edge of the diamond spine) it is 6/8. I measured thickness around 0.206 - 0.209in. along the blade and tang.
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    That is stunning.

    I recognize the elements but when put together like that the razor looks like nothing I've seen yet and in a very good way.

    I'm jealous and well done Joe.


    -Bob

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    UNBELIEVABLE looking razor. The attention to ALL the little things just puts this razor over and above anything else. Congrats on being the reciepant of such a treasure, I would not trade that for anything else out there, INCLUDING ALL THE BIG NAME RAZORS.....To the maker and the owner of such art,,,
    Having Fun Shaving

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    I just got my very first true custom from Josh Earl and am VERY impressed with it.

    The last few that I have seen by Joe have been truly incredible - and this one is no different! It seems as if my second custom will have to be from him....this is a beautiful piece of work from him, hope you enjoy it!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crichton View Post
    I just got my very first true custom from Josh Earl and am VERY impressed with it.

    The last few that I have seen by Joe have been truly incredible - and this one is no different! It seems as if my second custom will have to be from him....this is a beautiful piece of work from him, hope you enjoy it!!!!
    Well, I have been thinking of JoshEarl for my second custom/handmade. Looks like we've inspired each other.

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    What do you feed that thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by billyjeff2 View Post
    What do you feed that thing?
    I believe it's on a steady diet of whiskers and lather.

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    FANTASTIC comes to mind.

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