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Straight Razor Sharpening Service

Our straight razor sharpening service is designed to help those customers who have bought a new razor, or those who have inherited or bought a vintage razor and would like to put it to use.

We do not accept all cut-throat razors for sharpening as there are many cheap razors out there that are unlikely to take a good edge. Further details are provided below.

Many people have found that straight razors offer a durable, cost-effective and environmentally friendlier way of shaving than modern disposables. They also offer a very close and satisfying shave. Some are wary of handling such a sharp instrument. It should not be forgotten, however, that, for hundreds of years, straight razors were an everyday item in the bathroom, as common as toothbrushes and soap. Yes, of course they are very sharp, they have to shave a man’s face, after all. With a little practice, though, they are simple to use and no more dangerous than any other sharp knife.

So - can that old cut-throat razor of Grandad’s be brought back into service? The answer is normally yes. Even being left in a drawer for fifty years seldom destroys a razor, as long as it is kept dry it will last indefinitely. However it will almost certainly be blunt and require honing i.e. sharpening on honing stones.

Cut-throat Razor Sharpening Service

We provide a honing and stropping service to restore a dulled edge to be “shave-ready”. The edge should be free from flats, chips or ‘dings’. This service does NOT cover edges that are ‘table-knife’ blunt, or that do possess chips, flats or ‘dings’. It also does not cover edges that are badly corroded and that would need ‘cutting back’ to be restored to usable condition.

If razors are sent to us with any of the faults described above, work will not begin on them until mutual agreement to cost is made. Should we be unable to reach an agreement we will return the razor(s) and issue a full refund less postage cost. If therefore you’re in any doubt as to the suitability of your razor for the advertised service please drop us a line beforehand. We are happy to appraise razors for work provided an SAE is included for their return.

Please feel free to email us images (preferably in .jpg format).

A common problem with old straight razors is one of very loose or broken pins - particularly at the blade pivot. If you have a razor with this problem, we can now rectify it. We have a range of replacement scales in stock from DOVO and Thiers Issard in various sizes. If you would like these fitted, just order the scales needed together with the appropriate re-pinning service. Please get in touch if you need any assistance.

Honing a straight razor in order to sharpen it involves the use of abrasive stones. Sometimes this can lead to small scratches on the blade. We frequently clean the stones during use. This reduces the chance of scratching but does not eliminate it.

To order honing and/or re-pinning, just choose the appropriate service(s) below and checkout in the usual manner.

Which Razors Do You Not Accept?

Most razors originating in Pakistan, China and Taiwan, or any very cheap razors from any source are unlikely to take, or retain, a decent shaving edge. We therefore do not accept any such razors. In our experience, they are unlikely to achieve a good, lasting edge. Please check with us before sending if in doubt. Furthermore, we specifically do not accept the following brands:

Enzo, AP Donovan, Beard Struggle, Titan, Ninja, Imperial, Artamis, Creative Edge, Sanguine, Hen and Rooster (not to be confused with Thiers-Issard Fox & Rooster), Empire UK, Haryali, Cyril Salter, MenRock, Murdock, Razzoor, Vintage Gentlemen, “Sweeney Todd” copies and fake ‘Damascus’ (acid-etched) steel razors.

How Long Will It Take?

Our focus is on retailing straight razors and accessories. While we offer sharpening as a service to customers we have to fit this in as and when we can. However we do normally manage to return a razor within a week of receiving it.

The charges below cover the work detailed and also return postage and packing.

What's the Cost?

The cost of honing depends on how many razors you are sending in and the type of transit liability cover you select.

Sharpening first razor with £60 cap if lost/damaged in transit - £34

Sharpening first razor with £1000 cap if lost/damaged in transit - £37

Sharpening of second and subsequent razors - £26 per razor

Please note that the caps apply per package and cover all razors in that package, they are not per razor.

The prices above are for UK customers. We can sometimes help with overseas customers but please contact us for availability and pricing.

Where Do I Send It?

Please wrap your razor well (but not in a heavy display box) preferably in bubble wrap or similar. Then include a note of your name, address and e-mail address and send the razor to us at:

The Invisible Edge Ltd., Unit 15 West Barn, Wimborne Road, BLANDFORD FORUM DT11 9HN

From 7 May 2024 Royal Mail are banning razors in the postal system. Parcelforce do not have the same policy so we suggest looking at them or another courier service. Reasonable prices can normally be obtained through a service such as https://uk.interparcel.com/

If you have problems sending a razor to us then we can arrange shipping both ways. Unfortunately this would add significant cost.

The razor is at your risk until we receive it. Liability for any loss or damage caused while the razor is in transit will be limited to the amount recoverable from the carrier. If you have a more valuable razor we recommend using the service with a higher limit of liability.

Also, the limit of our liability for any damage to a razor, howsoever arising and whether due to negligence or otherwise, will be limited to the amount of the fee paid for the service requested.