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When you multiply the above degrees of grind by the point shape and depth of blade,
it adds up to the fact that Henckels -
I do hope that this page has answered most of your questions regarding the jargon
and specifications that relate to straight razors. As always, there are exceptions
Blade point shapes -
Another knotty problem as blade points have different names in different countries.
However, the three most common are -
The ‘size’ of a blade is usually measured in multiples of 1/8 of an inch and is the distance from the SPINE to the EDGE (see above). Sizes range commonly from 4/8 (four eighths of an inch) to 8/8 (one full inch) though extremely narrow blades of 2/8 and very large examples up to 12/8 (one and a half inches) and beyond may be found. Just to confuse the issue, sizes of 9/16 and 11/16 do crop up regularly!We currently stock razors from 2/8 to 7/8 in size.
Round points are also called French points and are favoured in Europe generally over other point types.
Square points are also called spike points (especially in the USA) and are less favoured in Europe.
Dreadnought points are also called notch points although strictly speaking this is
not true -
Several other point styles are made, including oblique and Spanish. However, the
three above are most common, with the dreadnought generally being found on older
razors (say pre-
Straight and swept blades
Another thing to remember about blades is their OVERALL shape. The basic shapes are
Straight ( or parallel) -
Swept spine -
Swept edge -
Fully swept -
This section has been added to the site in response to questions from prospective buyers who aren’t sure of the standards or specifications used. I’ve tried to be as thorough in explanation as possible but if there’s anything you aren’t sure about don’t hesitate to drop me a line. Thanks!
PIVOT PIN -
HEEL PIN -
BLADE STABILISERS -
BLADE DEPTH -
HONE WEAR LINE -
Terms defining condition and quality.
EXTREMELY FINE -
Individual razors may have, for instance, ‘excellent’ scales and a ‘good’ blade.
This view is known as the ‘front’ side. The other side is known as the ‘pile’ side.
Site of central pin (when fitted).
Hone wear line
Degrees of grind and the Henckels scale.
The above statement is the definitive answer to a question I have been asked many
Added to this are the many varying degrees of grind, from full wedge to extreme hollow-
Hi there! Thanks for visiting us. Here’s a brief run down of who we are and what
we do -
Who we are: we’re straight razor specialists -
and our NEW range of own-
What we do: We stock a wide range of straight razors that are -
Our other sites Dovo Razors UK and Thiers-
"The tongues of mocking wenches are as keen/As is the razor's edge invisible,/
Cutting a smaller hair than may be seen/"
Part of this quote was changed slightly and used on the blade of Butler's 'Keen'
razor (featured here, top of page). It refers to the fact that the edge of a straight
razor is so fine and sharp that it is actually very difficult to see -
hence ' The Invisible Edge'. We’re nothing if not well-
Oh, yes. The name. The Invisible Edge? Well, that comes from Shakespeare's 'Loves
Labours Lost', Act 5, Scene 2, where Boyet says-
We operate from our base in Malvern, UK and deliver world-
Confused by all the different descriptions and such? Then this section is for you!
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