I look back and see that it has been 4 years since we started The Restored Razor as a hobby business restoring vintage razors to their previous glory. All too often an interesting straight razor design would make its way to our workshop. People would ooo and aaah when they see the razor. However, it was a vintage straight razor. In some cases it was circa 1790! Where are you going to find another circa 1790 stub tail! 210 year old straight razors are hard to come by.
Well ... this sparked a thought, that sparked an idea. We could make our own! While at the time it seemed like a tall order, we researched what makes for a high quality razor. Often it comes back to the steel. Design may cater to personal interests but the steel is what allows the razor to take a keen edge and keep it long enough to shave.
While some may think a hard steel would make a great razor, it does not. You have to balance the razors ability to take a keen edge with putting a keen edge back when it begins to dull and pull. Some steel are abrasion resistant while other just won't allow you to make a really keen edge necessary to shave with. Sure you can slice through a hard salami like nobody's business, but shave with it? No.
It turns out that the vintage razors made from high carbon steel, hardened just to the point of perfection, not only take a keen edge, but allow mere humans to keen up a dull razor. Plus they shaved well. Balance all the way around.
Once we had the steel figured out we knew that the Brandonisio and Bro. brand was not far away. For our first straight razor we decided that we needed to address some design issues that we have received feedback on. Not just a big blade, but room for big hands too. Our 'Uno' is a classic 7/8's half hollow straight razor with barber's notch. It is slightly larger than the standard straight razor, allowing a sure grip for people with large hands. It is not too large, but provides a little extra room. Plus the barber's notch let's you get in to those hard to reach areas.
You can see here in the image the Brandonisio and Bro. Uno straight razor (top) is a touch larger than the classic sized PEP straight razor (below).
We have our first production run of blades in stock and will be offering assembled straight razors in bone scales with ebony wedge and ebony scales with bone wedge. For this first run of straight razors we are going to offer them for small discount to encourage sales and hopefully get feedback on the design before we make hundreds of these razors. MSRP will be $280.00USD. However, this first run we are retailing the Uno straight razor for just $175.00USD for a big blade classic. Limited to the first 50 orders.
We plan to have the first 50 razors available by August 1st, 2014. However, we do have a small quantity of Brandonisio and Bro. Uno's in bone with Paduk wedge and ebony with yellow heart wood wedge.
If you are interested in a pre-production run razor feel free to use the contact us form to request a custom Uno razor or follow this link to our cart. Additionally, we are very interested in your feedback and design suggestions for our next vintage styled razor. Would you like a smiling blade or something unique like a frame back?
We want to hear from you! Email or call.
The Restored Razor
Vintage Straight Razor Sales