Handmade professional tool for the perfect shave in the gift set with the best accessories. The blade is made of Damascus steel. It has a Rockwell hardness of up to 63HRC, and is ranked among the best in the world
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Straight razor blade
The straight edge razor blade - its quality is what determines the closeness of the shave. The steel that is used in this razor blade is a particularly high-quality alloy: Japanese tempered steel similar to Shiro-Gami Steel, also known as white paper steel. This plain carbon steel achieves a hardness of 63 Rockwell, which allows immensely sharp blades to be produced. They are particularly effective in shaving with their extremely fine cutting angles of between 15 and 20 degrees. A gentle, yet close shave - two apparently contradictory requirements, yet the steel in this blade amply fulfills both. The razor blade with damask pattern guarantees the gentle, close shave and durable edge of a straight edge razor from A.P. Donvoan.
Safe and comfortable control of a straight razor depends on the right material in the handle. Maintaining a balance between the weight of the steel blade and the handle requires a hand grip made from a sufficiently heavy material. The black sandalwood used in the handle of this straight razor is sourced from the forests of India and is characterized by its weight and exceptional hardness. The intricate craftsmanship creates a fascinating interplay between the materials of the wooden grip and the steel blade. Sometimes the end result is more than just the sum of its parts. Emphasize your individual style with the manly experience of a perfect shave. With A.P. Donovan's range of male grooming products, you have everything under control.
Every A.P. Donovan straight edge razor is supplied in a decorative case made from real wood. The elegance of the box is further enhanced by arabesque carvings in the lid and the finely worked metal lock. A velour-lined foam insert reliably protects the handle and blade of the razor from scratches. As an optical centerpiece in your bathroom, or as a secure transportation case when traveling, this box is as fine as the razor it protects.
One of the most important requirements for a close yet gentle shave is a suitable shaving foam. Good shaving foam is finely porous with a creamy, smooth consistency. Barbers of the past would certainly not have been impressed by canned shaving foam. Whipping up the foam with a shaving brush was part of their craft just as much as the beard is part of the man himself. Since then, specialists have considered shaving brushes with bristles made from badgers' hair to be the ultimate tool for this purpose. When they are used to whip up foam, it has exactly the right consistency and the feeling on the skin when the foam is applied is simply incomparable. Compared to shaving brushes with bristles from pig hair or synthetic fibers, the higher price of badger bristles is rapidly recovered, as a high-quality shaving brush will provide many years of faithful service as long as it is properly cared for. To ensure that the handle of the brush remains presentable for just as long, the bristles are carefully attached to fine sandalwood and stainless steel by hand. The two natural materials from a perfect symphony of form and function that is sure to meet even your highest expectations. Personalized male grooming in your own unique style - A.P. Donovan has the right handcrafted grooming kit for you.
When shaving with a straight-edge razor, a good shaving soap is an absolute essential. Canned shaving foam represents a real break in style - and more importantly, its quality and consistency just aren't comparable with foam that you whip up yourself. A.P. Donovan's shaving soap is specially adapted to suit our shaving brushes. There's no need for an additional soap dish: you can work the soap directly in the decorative aluminum case. Once the lid is closed, any soap remnants automatically meld into the soap and can be reused the next time you shave. Thanks to this practical and economical method, the soap in the case is sufficient for multiple usages. Fragrant and gentle on the skin - A.P. Donovan rigorously rejects silicone, phthalates and crude oil products. Plant-based ingredients give the soap a natural sensation on the skin and form the basis for a particularly creamy foam. A.P. Donovan - male grooming with style and substance.
In contrast to grinding, which in normal use only takes place every few months, sharpening of the blade with the leather strop is required before each use. The function of the leather strop is most closely comparable with the blade used by a chef to whet knives on a daily basis. The steel is extremely thin on the cutting edge of the straight razor, and at a microscopic scale it is bent as a result of the contact with facial hair, which forms a ridge. This ridge can partially straighten itself out after shaving, but it needs to be removed completely by stropping before shaving. A comprehensive set of illustrated instructions about effective stropping is provided in our section entitled "Customers like to know." On one side, the A.P. Donovan leather strop is made from high-quality Kazakh cow's leather, while on the other side is robust linen fabric. The abrasive effect of the leather is roughly equivalent to a 100,000 grade grindstone. One end of the strop can be attached to a suitable wall hook using the secure, spring-loaded metal hook. The two metallic rings at the other end provide you with a strong grip to ensure that the strop is fully taut. A.P. Donovan - professional equipment for the most manly grooming activity of all - shaving.
If the leather strop alone is no longer enough for your blade to achieve the desired sharpness, you can use the abrasive paste that is supplied. A.P. Donovan abrasive paste is made from multiple mineral components and ultra-fine abrasive particles. It roughly doubles the sharpening effect of the leather strop, giving results equivalent to a 50,000 grade grindstone. When a close shave matters: shaving accessories from A.P. Donovan.
|Razor blade||7/8" - hollow ground|
|Razor steel||1.5% carbon; 9% manganese; 0.3% molybdenum and other types of steel.|
|Rockwell hardness||up to 64 HRC|