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    Default Frank Warner Custom Straight Razor

    I took receipt of my second custom straight razor. For this one, I commissioned Frank Warner's talents. I was fortunate to get my order in when I did, as he's got several he's working on right now (mine was one of six -- first one completed). As you can see it came in a wooden box along with a certificate of authenticy and a personal note. Here's some specifications for it:

    • 5160 spring steel
    • Anodized Titanium scales with jewelled interior
    • Italian Paela wood overlays
    • fileworked spine, shank, & tang
    • Bullnose (half round), full hollow grind













    I asked Frank to make an 8/8 size razor, as I prefer larger blades (lip loppers, meat choppers, etc.) He wrote back, "I can make you an 8/8 if you really want one. I just scale everything up a tad for that." Well let me state that this razor is really a large piece! Here are some of the dimensions:

    • length (closed) = 7 3/16"
    • length (open) = 11 3/16"
    • blade (length) = 6 3/4"
    • blade (edge) = 4 1/16"
    • blade (width) = 8/8
    • weight = 4.25 oz


    ** This is the largest razor, according to Frank, that he has made so far. It was so large that he couldn't use the usual zippered pouch he includes with his razors. Instead he customized a wooden box with a fitted, velvet-lined interior for shipment and presentation! **


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    Below are some comparison photos to convey the size. The razors pictured below are no less than 6/8 in width (cream/white scales) along with a Wacker 7/8. The razors at the top are a Filarmonica 15/16 and a Henckels Friodur 8/8!








    I had a shave with it already, and it easily met my expectations! Frank has a his own method for honing and polishing his razor's edges. As you can see in the photos, the bevel is quite polished. This made for a very forgiving edge that cut very close without nicks or irritation. His grind, while being a full hollow style, is quite strong; it felt more like a quarter hollow razor with no flexing or "singing" at the edge. I think it is a gorgeous grind too. Note that he also has a taper to the scales -- they're not parallel all the way down. The balance is different with the metal scales, but I was able to adapt to it in the first shave. The shank design allowed me to adjust my grip to accomodate different strokes.






    The final thing I want to mention is Frank's customer service. Frank was always friendly in e-mail correspondence with me. There was great conversation back and forth throughout the time the razor was being made. I liked the fact that I could be involved with the process -- customizing options (e.g., overlays, filework, finishes), asking questions about his maunfacturing methods, general shaving. Frank was also great in asssiting me after I made a poor choice in anodzing color (not what you see here); he worked with me and my inexperience in anodizing to achieve a complimentary hue for the Paela overlays.

    I will enjoy having this razor in my collection!

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    very cool. To be honest I feel the torx are a bit of a distraction but like i said: very cool design

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    Very beautiful razor indeed,,,enjoy.
    Having Fun Shaving

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    Mr Warner does very fine work.
    It is easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled. Twain

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    Looks stunning! Congratulations to a magnificent razor!

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    I could look at photos of that all day.
    Congratulations.
    Brian

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    Absolutely Stunning Razor. I plan on getting one myself, in due time.

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    That Henckels is the schiznit!

    Me =)

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