This is a hand forged straight razor, sent shave ready. A Wet Shaving Enthusiasts go to razor and a perfect men’s gift, or barbers gift. Fully handmade, I create my razors one at a time, built to order. ***IMPORTANT!! READ CAREFULLY!!*** YOU ARE PURCHASING A BUILT TO ORDER STRAIGHT RAZOR. I DO NOT CARRY INVENTORY. EACH RAZOR BEGINS PRODUCTION ONCE THE ORDER IS RECEIVED. A 6-8 WEEK LEAD TIME IS NEEDED FOR THE HAND FORGING AND FINISHING WORK OF THE RAZOR. How do my razors shave? Check this quick video to see! Link: https://youtu.be/HSCa_VSMHvA I am a Bladesmith that does not compromise on quality. Every razor I make is individually hand forged. One at a time. With patience and attention to detail given at every step. Because I hand make every blade, each one is a one-off piece. This means that I can customize and change just about any aspect of this razor to your liking. As long as the change does not significantly increase my cost to craft the blade or significantly increase the time to make the blade, I am open to any customization you may like. From grind type, to shape, I can easily make changes to personalize this blade, just for you. This is a brand new straight razor. Hand forged, and custom built, and is a five (5) layer steel. Built much like San Mai steel, (which is three layers) where the center layer becomes the edge, this steel is a bit different, and of a type not found very often. I have clad a high carbon core to a mild steel outer jacket. The time and difficulty in forging this type of razor makes them a rare find. Not many Bladesmiths take on this challenge, and fewer still have the skill needed to make a straight razor from this kind of hand forged steel. Details! The edge of the blade is high carbon, and tests at a 62-63 HRC. The spine is layered in mild steel, and provides the blade with unmatched durability and protection. It is scaled in rare Ebony wood, with traditional brass pinning and the wood is finished with cyanoacrylate acid for a water proof seal. The wedge is brass adding beautiful contrast to blade Ebony and giving great balance and feel to this blade. As a craftsman, I create my razors for performance. As an artist, I make them to be beautiful as well. Owning one of my razors is an experience in itself. You are starting a legacy and purchasing a perfectly crafted tool to be passed down, from generation to generation. There is no mass production here. These razors are bespoke. Completely hand made. Individual, non-duplicable, each one a single, personal masterpiece. Blade shown has a Square Point. You may select from Square, Round, French, Spanish, or Barber’s Notch during the purchasing process. To see examples of my types of tips, go to: https://www.jmgsteelworks.com/point-types-chart.html Blade size can be from 8/8 to 3/8 and selected during purchasing – 5/8 is the most popular size. The blade size pictured in this listing is an 8/8 razor, with a 3” blade. I Ship worldwide. International buyers are responsible for all import fees, duties, vat, and/or customs charges.