View Full Version : A couple of firsts! Calling all razor nuts!

01-14-2013, 11:47 PM
The first first, is my first hollow grind. (By the way, I ain't got a round wheel)

Second first, is my first razor! :headbang:

So, this is ground from 1/4" forged 52100 @ HRC 62, bright finish (not a perfect mirror) I'm net even sure how to describe this thing...

Here goes... 1/4 hollow, slight smile (Maybe a grin?? lol!) Its between 6/8 and 7/8

I used a 1/8" hardened folder pivot instead of traditional pins.

The scales are presentation Koa, and the wedge is walrus ivory. Holding the tail together, is a mosaic pin...

The curved tail is left wide, not sure if its staying this way, but is seems to give great control, and all but stops pivoting/rolling against the face.

Please, let me know your thoughts on this one!

**EDIT** I forgot, there are .010" Nylatron washers between the scales and tang.


I will try to get white light pics tomorrow...

01-14-2013, 11:54 PM
Damn, that's nice. This was a fun project, wasn't it? :D You're a freak!!!

01-15-2013, 12:06 AM
that looks amazing, great job for your first's!!

Pensacola Tiger
01-15-2013, 12:32 AM
Dang, Pierre, that's great!

01-15-2013, 12:51 AM
Looks pretty nice and rom the sound if it, it shaves well, too! :)

01-15-2013, 12:53 AM
That looks amazing! Nice work.

sachem allison
01-15-2013, 01:10 AM
damn, too bad I don't use straights.

01-15-2013, 01:58 AM
Well done!

01-15-2013, 12:17 PM
Nice Pierre! I'd go so far as to say that's still a wedge, tho. Nothing wrong with that.

01-15-2013, 01:05 PM
very good looking razor pierre! i would love seeing more of them!

01-15-2013, 02:35 PM
Beautiful looking razor! Your work definitely shows that you are a talented craftsman. Thank you for sharing it with us. One (the most?) important question, though... How does it shave?

01-15-2013, 08:56 PM
Boy howdy! That's a purty piece!

01-15-2013, 09:49 PM
Beautiful looking razor! Your work definitely shows that you are a talented craftsman. Thank you for sharing it with us. One (the most?) important question, though... How does it shave?

No idea! I'm afraid to sharpen it! lol!

Thanks guys, glad you like it, now what should I work on changing for the next one?

The tail has me scratching my head... Do I thin and taper it? It seem to aid in stability being wide. Is it a deal breaker?

01-15-2013, 10:37 PM
I think the tail looks good. I think that is all personal preference. Most custom makers will ask how you want it. Check out Robert Williams page or Alex jaCques web pages. Jacques does some "new school" designs (some with huge long tails) where Williams gives more old school options

01-15-2013, 11:13 PM

PM me if interested. I will take a few names, pass around WILL be limited. Each person will hold it for 2 weeks. YOU are responsible for sterilization BEFORE you use it! It would be a good idea to re-sterilize it before sending it to the next person.

Shipping to you is paid. So shipping to the next person with insurance is your responsibility. I am not an experienced razor sharpener, so yes of course you can sharpen it.

I expect feedback from EACH person signing up, so if you can't do that wee favor for me, let someone else sign up.

I will post a "sign up full" statement here.

Thanks in advance!

01-15-2013, 11:20 PM
Great idea, Bear! I have a list in mind, already. I hope those guys sign up. I'd love to, but I'd be biased on this one, I think....

01-15-2013, 11:29 PM
Send me you mailing info as well!

01-15-2013, 11:33 PM
That is cool of you Pierre, I have only been doing the straight razor bit for a few months so I will defer to the vets, but I am anxious to see some reviews.

01-15-2013, 11:36 PM
Don't let that hold you back...

01-15-2013, 11:53 PM
if you want someone thats completely new to straight razor world id be happy to try it out if you wanna get into shipping to Canada, if not I completely understand

01-15-2013, 11:53 PM
I'll take it last. Screw it! :D

01-16-2013, 01:43 AM
if you wanna get into shipping to Canada, if not I completely understand
Pretty sure Pierre has a strict "No Canadians" policy. I think he hates Canada or something.

01-16-2013, 02:09 AM
lol! you funny!

01-16-2013, 04:49 AM
I really like the looks of this. Would be interested in the passaround. I can sharpen a straight much nicer that a knife. Beautiful razor. PM sent.

01-16-2013, 03:38 PM
Would love to try it Pierre if u let me. Im Swedish thou, hope thats ok :) Pm sent.

01-16-2013, 03:50 PM
Impressive work as always Pierre. I have thought about going to a straight and just recently started using a safety razor as my first step in that direction, so I will pass on the passaround, but just had to let you know that is a beauty.

01-16-2013, 04:15 PM
If this will pass by EU then im in :)

01-16-2013, 10:17 PM
I'm interested in getting in on this. PM sent. Thanks Pierre!

The hekler
01-16-2013, 10:32 PM
If this is coming down to the states I'd love to join in on the pass around. I've have somewhere in the range of 60-70 straights to compare to including a few customs. Only complication is I'm living on a military base so shipping will be delayed a day or two, if I'm in let me know and I'll pm my info.

01-16-2013, 11:07 PM
For now, this pass around will stay within North America. When it comes home, and there is still interest, i will entertain sending it (or another) across the pond.

01-16-2013, 11:09 PM
I'd love to try it out, if there's room! :hungry:

01-16-2013, 11:25 PM
If there is a pass around by any chance I'd like to try that blade.

01-17-2013, 12:37 AM
And that will do it! List closed.

tk59 and mainaman last ones in. I will need you guys to PM me your mailing info. There are a few members of Banger and Blade wanting to give it a run as well.

Final comments...
As part of the pass around, I am kindly asking for your feed back. Whatever it is. This is far from perfect, but I need input. May as well get it now. :D Will razors become a permanent offering? I don't know yet. Maybe the odd piece here and there for sale...

Now then. IT IS A RAZOR, just in case someone missed that and think its a knife. :)

As such, it will goto someone who knows how to sharpen it before it begins its trip. The journey will begin in Florida, with Rick, aka Pensacola Tiger. From there I will figure out its route. I am asking you ship it insured, and tracked.

I will place the list in the box, with the addresses of each member on the list. When you receive it, just cross your name off the list. Easy-peasy.

If you have the knowledge/ability to hone/sharpen, I ask you do so before you ship it out to the next person. If you cannot, no worries, just sterilize it with barbercide, or a good scrub with rubbing alcohol, and leave a little note in the box explaining to the next person it is not shave ready.

You have 2 weeks with the razor. Then it is out the door! On to the next person.

I think that covers it, if I missed anything let me know.

And thank you for helping me out!


Pensacola Tiger
01-17-2013, 12:44 AM
Looking forward to trying it, Pierre!

01-17-2013, 01:28 AM
A couple white light pics...

Dave Martell
01-17-2013, 01:33 AM
Nice razor Pierre :)

The hekler
01-17-2013, 04:01 AM
It looks great for a first attempt or for a tenth, classic shape with just enough little touches to make it look modern. The extra length on the tail, the little bump on the tang, the scale work beautiful. I think that the point of tapering the tail is not for security while shaving, most control comes from the index and thumb on the tang, but to make it more secure when opened 180 for stripping and such, I could be wrong that's just an assumption but it makes sense to me.

01-24-2013, 11:41 PM
AND! There is a hamon line. Did a little etch in FC before boxing it up, and sure-nuf! Not a lot of activity, but I didn't use clay. Just interrupted/suspended the quench.


Also for those interested, this I made, and it will be going to a very good friend, who has given, expecting nothing in return.

01-24-2013, 11:44 PM
Classy work. Classy move.

Don Nguyen
01-27-2013, 10:48 AM
How did you do a hollow without a wheel? Looks great.

01-27-2013, 10:55 AM
How did you do a hollow without a wheel? Looks great.
belt grinder will do it.
Some people can do full hollow.

01-27-2013, 12:56 PM
How did you do a hollow without a wheel? Looks great.
Build a round platten for your grinder, bend a steel bar to any radius you like. Clamp it to your flat platten, and run your belt over that. Then just adjust your tool rest.

Don Nguyen
01-30-2013, 02:37 AM
I have no idea why the thought of that never crossed my mind, and I know completely that those platens exist...

02-11-2013, 11:08 AM
Been playing with this off and on for a while. Etched it, and did a little video clip.



Pensacola Tiger
02-11-2013, 11:46 AM
Wow! Really nice job, Pierre!

02-11-2013, 01:10 PM
This one looks nicely hollowed.
Pierre what will the angle for the bevel be?

02-13-2013, 01:44 AM
without a layer of tape, 7.4 per side or double for total

Dave Martell
02-13-2013, 01:50 AM
I likeee! :)