Handmade professional tool for the perfect shave.
The blade is made of Japanese steel (similar to Shirogami steel).
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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.
A straight razor must sit safely in your hand. To avoid injury and ensure a perfect shaving result, accurate control of the sharp blade is of primary importance. The grip of this straight razor uses a tough synthetic material that is soft on the skin. The pleasant grip and its ergonomic shape give you complete control of this straight edge razor at all times. Even when faced with constant contact with water and the humid bathroom air, the material is designed to be extremely durable. The resilience of this synthetic material ensures that your straight razor will not become damaged or unsightly even after frequent use. Always a safe pair of hands: the high-quality products from A.P. Donovan guarantee the highest standards in male grooming.
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.
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.
Good foam is half the battle. This old barbers' saying is still as true today as it ever was. A finely porous, creamy foam allows the razor blade to glide smoothly over your skin. If you want to avoid an unpleasant shaving rash, a high-quality shaving brush is an essential item in your shaving kit. The shaving brushes that A. P. Donovan offers are made with the finest material that nature has provided for this purpose: badger bristles. Shaving brushes made from badger bristles are rightly considered premium products, and with the right maintenance, they can be an investment that will last for many years. The foam that they create has the optimal consistency for a close, gentle shave. As soon as you apply the foam to you face, you'll feel the difference - the feeling goes far beyond that from brushes made from pig hairs or artificial fibers. To create a worthy complement to the badger bristles, it is carefully attached to a mahogany grip by hand. Two natural materials in a functionally perfect synthesis. Maintain your inimitable style with A.P. Donovan's male grooming products.
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.
Naturally you are the best gift your boyfriend could ever hope for. If, however, you still think he deserves a little more, A.P. Donovan knows what boyfriends like!
|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 61 HRC|