Handmade professional tool for the perfect shave in the gift set with the best accessories.
The blade is made of Japanese steel.
The blade is encased in a two-part sandalwood handle from Madagascar.
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Straight razor blade
Shaving with a straight razor can be a familiar, comforting ritual or a frustrating experience with the ensuing nicks and cuts to the skin: it all depends on the sharpness of the blade. Just as a Michelin-starred chef only uses the highest quality knives in his work, you too should pay the closest possible attention to the quality of your tools. While a "Nirosta" kitchen knife can "only" boast a hardness of 54 Rockwell, the Japanese steel used in A.P. Donovan straight razors has a hardness of 59 Rockwell. Hardened in a process similar to that used in the well-known Shiro-Gami or white paper steel, this material is optimized for the manufacture an extremely sharp blade. In addition to the sharpness required for a perfect shave, this straight edge razor is a visual delight: the brushed steel of the blade gives the material a soft, matte effect. It's a masterly piece of understatement that subtly stands out from the crowd. A straight edge razor that is as reliable and as individual as you are. A.P. Donovan - the perfect address for men with style.
To ensure that your straight razor is well balanced when it sits in your hand, you need the right weight balance between the blade and the handle. Heavy hardwoods are the best natural material to provide an adequate weight balance to the steel of the blade. The hand grips are made from intricately crafted mahogany wood sourced from the forests of Madagascar. The wood that grows on the island in the Indian Ocean is characterized by a dark, reddish brown color and unusual hardness. This luxurious mahogany wood is the ideal complement to the high grade steel used in the blade. Let our perfect symbiosis of steel and wood fascinate you. Keep everything firmly in your grip while shaving with A.P. Donovan's masculine products.
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.
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|Razor blade||7/8" - hollow ground|
|Razor steel||0.56% carbon; 0.4% silicon; 0.7% magnesium; 13% chromium; 0.1% vanadium and other types of steel.|
|Rockwell hardness||up to 63 HRC|