My other "Hobby" is collecting and restoring straight razors. Lets face it I just love sharp tools either carving,, or shaving. Now I've made several chisels over the years as well as a few knives but this , being a natural extension of my collecting /restoring is another thing compared to those. These tend to be a bit more critical as you lay that blade against your throat!
Anyway, I started with blanks of tool steel. Designed the shapes and then cut them out. I then "carved" out the hollow grinds, did some file work along the spines, heat treated them , tempered them, honed them up and stropped them on my own Latigo strops. I did what is called a 'hanging hair test' and they passed quite easily before putting them to my face.
The first is a Japanese style called a Kamisori where it is a one piece razor. Scales are not usually found on them as they are simply left in all steel. I had to add a little something to mine so I did the file work along the tapered spine,, sculpted some brass liners with file work as well to sit under the Giraffe bone handle material. An odd feature of this style of razor is one side is a complete hollow grind from spine to edge but the opposite side is only a half hollow.
The traditional razor picture here was also from tool steel, ground, file worked over the spine prior to finishing. The scales are Cocobolo.
Getting to use a tool you made, for something as personal as shaving your face, adds a different level to the usually boring and often hated act of shaving.
Hope you enjoy these.