The Boker Count Everhard Gold & Horn 5/8 Straight Razor is a sensational cut-throat razor made using 1.2210 carbon steel with a hardness rating of 59 HRC.
Not far from the Boker company headquarters, we find the hallmark of the Bergisches region, the Burg an der Wupper castle. One of the largest castles in western Germany, the famous history of Castle Burg is inseparably linked to the Duchy Berg and the Count of Berg (Haus Berg, 1068-1225).
In tribute, Boker dedicated a series of razors to the three counts of Berg. These tributes are reminiscent of the remarkable property and influence of the counts, with impressive adornments made from 24 karat gold.
The striking grind and gilded back of the polished 5/8” blade on the Boker Count Everhard Gold & Horn Straight Razor is an absolute highlight in the Boker selection. The polished carbon steel blade has a extra hollow grind with ridge. The elements of the blade etching adorned with 24 karat gold are reminiscent of the realm of Count Everhard of the Mark – showing the coat of arms for the city of Hamm, derived from House Berg. The tang and rounded head blade both feature a double-sided serration. Hand selected horn scales with decorative pins complete this sensational straight razor. Delivered in a refined presentation display with certificate of authenticity and individual serial number. Handmade in Solingen, Germany.
Following a few cleaning and care tips will ensure you enjoy your classic straight razor for a long time.
After every use, carefully rinse the straight razor under running warm water, clean with a damp cloth if necessary, them immediately dry with a dry cloth. Letting shaving foam or soap rest on a blade for too long can lead to the formation of stains and in extreme cases to corrosion. In order to prevent cuts, please always wipe the straight razor from the spine towards the cutting edge. In order to protect it from corrosion, oil the blade with an acid-free and viscous oil.
Sharpening & Stropping:
The sharpness of a straight razor is maintained by regular stropping on a high-quality hanging or mounted strop. This requires a bit of practice but can be learned quickly. The perfectly balanced ratio of the thick back end of the blade to the whisper-thin edge ensures that you automatically get the right angle on the edge when the thick back touches the leather strop.
First, touch the back to the leather and then carefully lower the cutting edge to touch the strop. Pull the straight razor with gentle pressure across the full length of the strop in the direction of the back (i.e. away from the edge). While doing this, move the razor slightly diagonally across the strop, ensuring both the back and edge remain in constant contact with it. It is important to flip the razor over its back when you reach the end of the strop – do not flip the straight razor edge side down as this would partially round or blunt the cutting edge.