Karve Shaving Co. Stainless Steel Safety Razor, Open Comb
- Double edge safety razor
- Stainless Steel, open 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)
- open comb 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