My other “hobby”

Naturally being a fan of sharp tools and playing with them I just had to make these. I have been restoring and collection all sorts of antique razors. Everything from the old Gillette double edges to straight razors. Some that I use date back to the mid 1800’s.

Well the next step was for me to make my own from scratch. I started with blanks of tool steel. Cut them out, shaped the blades, heat treated and tempered them and then make the scales or handles.

The first one here is a Japanese style called a Kamisori. The unusual feature of a razor like this is the asymmetrical grind of the blade which is actually off center. One side of the blade is fully hollow and the opposite side is half hollow. Also, most Kamisoris do not have any handle or scale material as they are usually left in one piece of steel. I decided to add brass liners with Giraffe bone scales in order to dress mine up a bit along with doing some file work along the tapered spine.

The second is a more traditional type razor with folding scales. Here too I started with blank steel, cut it out, shaped the blade, did the file work along the top of the spine and then made Cocobolo scales for it.

It’s not carving per se,, but I did have to “carve” the steel ,, design it,,and do a bit of woodwork. Learning to handle these types of razors is a bit of a learning curve as opposed to an electric ,, or cartridge razor but I enjoy the challenge and the skill set necessary for the closest shave you can get. And having made the tools to do this only makes it all the more enjoyable.


The stand is for display / photo purposes only.


This is the full hollow side where the grind goes from the top of the spine to the edge. The opposite side is only done half way.




Here you can see the file work that is on top as well as along the bottom of the handle area along with the sculpted brass liners under the Giraffe bone scales.


A general indication of size. The blade itself is approx. 2 1/2 inches long and the overall length is 6 1/2 inches.



Here is the traditional type razor I also built.





And a view of the file work on the spine. The blade by the way is 3/16 ” wide so this work is relatively small but does add some grip when handling a wet soapy razor. Then too,, I think it adds a bit of  “eye candy” .

Hope you enjoyed these.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Otto
    Sep 26, 2012 @ 17:14:15

    Beautiful work Mark, on both of these!


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