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Karve Shaving Co. Stainless Steel Safety Razor, Closed Comb

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$156.29
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SKU RZ-KAR-101
  • Double edge safety razor
  • Stainless Steel, closed comb
  • Knurled, guilloche style handle

Chris Kirchen is the artisan behind Karve Shaving Co. Based out of Canada, he is producing exceptiona safety razors that are catching the imagination of wet shavers around the world. These beautiful instruments are heirloom quality and provide an exceptional smooth shave.

Mix & Match to create your perfect Karve razor. Choose from handle (3", 3.25", 3.5", 4"), base plate (B-F aggression, see below), and top cap. 

Description from the Vendor

The Stainless Steel Christopher Bradley safety razor is finally here!  To order, you'll need to build your razor by adding each component to your cart.  You'll need at least one each of:

  • top cap (included)
  • handle (choose length)
  • closed comb/solid bar (SB) plate (choose aggression)

The Christopher Bradley razor is a classic double edge safety razor that will provide a smooth shave and years of service.  All aspects of manufacture are meticulously controlled to provide consistent performance and clean aesthetics. 

Most notably, the handle is decorated with a pattern that is inspired by the centuries-old guilloche technique commonly used in watch making.  The pattern is cut into the body of the handle, instead of formed, which ensures that all of the edges of the pattern are smooth and clean, while still providing plenty of friction for wet fingers.  Dubbed 'The Argyll', the pattern obviously shares an appearance with the famous Argyle pattern and the spelling is an homage to the main thoroughfare near the Karve Shaving Co shop.

The razor can be configured with one of 7 different closed comb/solid bar (SB) plates, each with increasing aggressiveness, to tailor your shave to your face and style. The levels range from B (the least aggressive) to F (the most aggressive).

Keep in mind that each level denotes a specific blade geometry, not shaving performance.

The geometry of each plate is as follows:

  • AA - gap = 0.47mm / exposure = negative 0.07mm
  • A - gap = 0.60mm / exposure = negative 0.02mm
  • B - gap = 0.73mm / exposure = zero
  • C - gap = 0.85mm / exposure = positive 0.09mm
  • D - gap = 0.98mm / exposure = positive 0.13mm
  • E - gap = 1.10mm / exposure = positive 0.17mm
  • F - gap = 1.23mm / exposure = positive 0.22mm

Blade gap (the space under the cutting edge), blade exposure (how far the cutting edge is sticking out), blade angle (the angle of the cutting edge relative to the razor), and blade support (how well the cutting edge is supported) all contribute to aggressiveness and performance.

    The entire razor is constructed from solid 303 stainless steel and is bead blasted for a subtle matte finish.  After bead blasting, all parts are passivated.  

    The razor is complete and only requires a blade to be ready to use.

    The handle is available in 3", 3.25", 3.5", and 4" lengths to suit your style.  All handles employ a #10-32 thread.

    90g x 83mm long / 98g x 91mm long / 104g x 98mm long / 114g x 108mm

    100% Made in Canada

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    MT
    07/26/2021
    Mike T.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
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    Good, not my favorite

    I purchased the 3.25” handle with the B and C SB (closed comb) set up. I normally shave with a Rockwell 6S plate 4. I can say this, the angle is different than what I use on most other DE razors. The C plate is close to a Rockwell 3 in aggressiveness. However, I have tried GSB, Nacet and Feather blades with the C plate. It just does not shave me as close as the Rockwell on plate 4 and provides a bit more irritation. Will try a few more blades, will never use the B plate (too mild for me), and am somewhat disappointed in the purchase. It’s a great looking razor, love it but get better, smoother shaves with the 6S. I’d rather have my face looking good than a good looking razor….

    DH
    05/02/2021
    David H.
    United States United States
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    Karve Razor

    It's the best razor I've ever put against my face along with personna platinum-chrome super stainless steel blades. Great razor!