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Re: Straight Razor from Spyderco

Postby Bloke » Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:47 am

Wartstein wrote:
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I am an example for one who'd buy one
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Re: Straight Razor from Spyderco

Postby Mike Blue » Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:25 am

The prototype is on display at the Spyderco booth at SHOT Show in Las Vegas this week. It's getting a lot of handling and questions asked. I'm hearing positive feedback. Sal invited Howard Clark, Ed Schempp, Phil Wilson and myself to discuss Bainite heat treatment processes. That was a good conference. Enough feedback in the straight razor shaving community indicates positive interest in this razor as well. There are enough suggestions for features to make several designs to cater to personal tastes.

Watch this space.

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Re: Straight Razor from Spyderco

Postby bigboned » Thu Jan 23, 2020 3:51 am

id love to see a pic of the prototype - i wasnt able to get to the show being a european
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Re: Straight Razor from Spyderco

Postby Sumdumguy » Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:30 am

Anticipation overload!

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Re: Straight Razor from Spyderco

Postby sal » Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:29 am

Sorry, No pics until we're closer to production.

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Re: Straight Razor from Spyderco

Postby kennethsime » Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:04 am

Mike Blue wrote:
Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:25 am
The prototype is on display at the Spyderco booth at SHOT Show in Las Vegas this week. It's getting a lot of handling and questions asked. I'm hearing positive feedback. Sal invited Howard Clark, Ed Schempp, Phil Wilson and myself to discuss Bainite heat treatment processes. That was a good conference. Enough feedback in the straight razor shaving community indicates positive interest in this razor as well. There are enough suggestions for features to make several designs to cater to personal tastes.

Watch this space.
But more importantly Mike, is it K390?
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Re: Straight Razor from Spyderco

Postby SpyderPhreak » Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:01 am

I'd be in for one or two myself. :cool:
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Re: Straight Razor from Spyderco

Postby Mike Blue » Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:29 pm

K390 has come up in discussion several times.

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Re: Straight Razor from Spyderco

Postby jpm2 » Fri Jan 24, 2020 4:04 pm

Mike Blue wrote:
Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:29 pm
K390 has come up in discussion several times.
If k390 were used, how would you go about making it shave ready?
Would the common abrasives and procedures presently used for straight razors be adequate ?

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Re: Straight Razor from Spyderco

Postby Mike Blue » Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:41 pm

That's a great question jpm2. Honing a razor will always be a balance of hard vs less hard, abrasion resistance and the rest of the variables. It will have to be a compromise no matter what. I'm looking forward to the Bainite blade, but this won't stop the discussion of other equally viable steels. Spyderco is one of the few companies with the kind of education and experience to shorten that learning curve.

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Re: Straight Razor from Spyderco

Postby jasonstone20 » Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:59 am

This looks like an interesting project. Mike and Sal, how do you strop your razors?
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Re: Straight Razor from Spyderco

Postby Mike Blue » Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:30 pm

I have a leather strop backed by a linen strop. They hang loose on the towel rack. There are numerous variations.

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Re: Straight Razor from Spyderco

Postby emanuel » Sat Jan 25, 2020 4:53 pm

I would buy one on release day. I have a vintage CV Heljestrand Mk No.10 (made in the '50s maybe?) that I use now and I am very happy with, I shave every 2-3 days and it keeps a very good edge for weeks with just plain leather stropping. I would love one in some fine grained stainless steel from Spyderco, long are gone the days when just carbon steel could do it.

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Re: Straight Razor from Spyderco

Postby Matt Broct » Sat Jan 25, 2020 5:11 pm

while I shave my arms regularly with a Spyderco ;) I have to shave my head so do it all in one with electric shaver sadly.

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Re: Straight Razor from Spyderco

Postby sal » Sat Jan 25, 2020 8:00 pm

jasonstone20 wrote:
Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:59 am
This looks like an interesting project. Mike and Sal, how do you strop your razors?

Hi Jason,

I used a leather strop with no additives.

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Re: Straight Razor from Spyderco

Postby Sumdumguy » Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:35 pm

What kind of point will it be? I like an Irish point. Never used one, but my grandfather had one that he taught
me how with, even though I was too young.
I enjoyed watching, regardless.

This forum has got me researching(buying) straight razors now...
It's like a sickness!

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Re: Straight Razor from Spyderco

Postby Mike Blue » Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:58 pm

Most instructors of beginning razor users recommend a straight edge and a round nose as these reduce the chances of a nick. The prototype has a barber's notch, not quite either a Spanish or Irish point, and because of the very slight smile to the edge, the point is rounded slightly to reduce the chances of a nick.

The disease of steel, in all its forms, is easy to catch and impossible to cure. ;)

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Re: Straight Razor from Spyderco

Postby jpm2 » Fri Jan 31, 2020 1:08 pm

I’m guessing it will be a good while before we see a Spyderco straight razor. In the meantime, I’m going to get one and start practicing, but unsure of what all to look for.
I don’t want junk of course. Straight edge and round nose is a good info, but what about size (4/8,5/8,6/8,etc).
Blade steel? All I see is carbon and stainless, no specific alloys listed. What about handle material?

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Re: Straight Razor from Spyderco

Postby pinochle » Fri Jan 31, 2020 1:11 pm

jpm2 wrote:
Fri Jan 31, 2020 1:08 pm
I’m guessing it will be a good while before we see a Spyderco straight razor. In the meantime, I’m going to get one and start practicing, but unsure of what all to look for.
I don’t want junk of course. Straight edge and round nose is a good info, but what about size (4/8,5/8,6/8,etc).
Blade steel? All I see is carbon and stainless, no specific alloys listed. What about handle material?
I started off with a Feather Artist Club. It's a great way to learn the art of shaving with a straight. But you won't learn anything about blade maintenance.

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Re: Straight Razor from Spyderco

Postby NoFair » Fri Jan 31, 2020 1:16 pm

jpm2 wrote:
Fri Jan 31, 2020 1:08 pm
I’m guessing it will be a good while before we see a Spyderco straight razor. In the meantime, I’m going to get one and start practicing, but unsure of what all to look for.
I don’t want junk of course. Straight edge and round nose is a good info, but what about size (4/8,5/8,6/8,etc).
Blade steel? All I see is carbon and stainless, no specific alloys listed. What about handle material?
5/8, carbon steel and any handle you like the look of. At least it doesn't matter much to me in use. I use old vintage 5/8, 6/8 and 4/8 in carbon steel and they all work fine, corrosion isn't an issue. 5/8 is a slim favorite regarding size


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