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04-16-2012, 10:08 PM #1
Baxter Blue Steel "Not a Replica" Hart Steel
I received today the "Not a Replica" designed by Baxter of California made by Hart Steel straight razor.
At first glance: Wow what a razor, now this is a modern razor! Its not for everyone I get it but if you truly appreciate straight razors, I know you will do a double take. This razor has a black finish not a black paint coat. I apologize in advance because I dont know how this "process" happens (no info on Hart Steel website or Baxter of California). When I called Hart Steel the main person was tied up and all I could get was the blade is same as others but has a different finishing to create the black. This is a 6/8- Quarter ground. The weight of the blade is nice. The scales however I am not fond of, trully disappointed. They seem to be of a different material than that of the white scales. I purchased bocote scales for it today. The leather sleeve is made by MAKR Carry Goods, hand crafted in the USA- Genuine Shell Cordovan Leather hand stitched. Color is a very dark navy blue. Overall very satisfied. This is not a review but a mere first glance.
I will update you guys on how the shave is, unfortunately I shaved last night so the waiting begins..
04-16-2012, 10:16 PM #2
I love the look! My first "new" razor is going to be a Hart. I just wish they had that finish in a 7/8".
04-16-2012, 10:57 PM #3
Yes the stock scales for the Hart's are not all that attractive but they are very functional and may outlast the blade. : )
I seem to remember Baxter ordered this same razor a couple of years back as an Baxter anniversary model. Enjoy!
04-17-2012, 01:51 AM #4
- Join Date
- Dec 2009
I've looked at this razor for a while now, but when the sales rep called me to sell product to my shop he didn't recommend their own razor for some reason. I think it's probablly the coolest look for a razor as it matches a few pair of shears.
Can't wait for an shave review.
04-17-2012, 11:54 PM #5
Looks to me like it was "hot blued" like a gun.
I remember when I was working in a gun shop and we did hot bluing, that you could get a nearly black finish if you left it in the tank long enough.
Good lookin razor for sure.
04-18-2012, 04:33 PM #6
This IS a blued blade, Wullie, but not hot-blued, as the temperature would compromise the blade integrity.
Also, I've been wanting to get this blade since I've first found it! I have to say, i'm glad you got it before me, as i'm dying to hear a review on it. I've read some other reviews on Hart Steel, and they seem to know pretty damn well what they're doing, so I just might get one for myself. Good purchase, Rivera!
04-18-2012, 04:54 PM #7
- Join Date
- Feb 2011
thats really cool. It looks like parts of a gun to me for sure Very nice...congrats
04-18-2012, 06:18 PM #8
I have gone to Straight Razor Heaven and came back to tell you that this blade is awesome! Shaved last night and WOW! I know you all know that sensation when you first put that blade on your cheek and think "Ok this is the moment of truth". This blade reminds me why I switched over to straight razor shaving. My eyes were wide open in amazement of the smooth glide. I loved the feeling of the quarter ground weight. The guys at Hart Steel did a wonderful job! The out of box sharpness is excellent. I cannot express the feeling of urgency that I felt while shaving of letting you guys know that you need to try these Hart Steel razors. If any of you are looking in the market of buying a new razor, I strongly recommend trying Hart Steel out! I know ill be getting another, maybe a satin finish square point. Anyways I hope you are able to check out Hart sometime these guys are awesome! Have a good one guys.
04-18-2012, 08:29 PM #9
Looks like a great shaver!
I too am not so fond of the blade, I think it is a bit too unicoloured for me.. Nice to hear it's such a good shaver, see you in SRH
04-19-2012, 01:28 AM #10
It is hot enough to melt some solders that hold less expensive double barrels together.
Whatever means they used ended up looking very nice.