The Boker Pearl Scale Tang Bog Oak 6/8 Straight Razor is a stunning cut-throat razor made using 1.2210 carbon steel with a hardness rating of 59 HRC.
This variation of the 6/8” blade has handle scales of stabilised bog oak. The oak trunks are found in bogs, swamps, on riverbanks and lake shores where they have been submerged for several centuries. The tang with real mother-of-pearl scales creates an appealing contrast to the dark bog oak. The square point blade with a double line has a highly polished blade finish and an extra hollow grind with a ridge. The spine features fine laser engraving.
Handmade in Solingen Germany, the Boker Pearl Scale Tang Bog Oak 6/8 Straight Razor weighs approximately 50g and comes in a Boker presentation box. A true treat to use and admire.
In the ‘good old days’, even mass-manufactured products usually incorporated a few premium details and an overall aesthetic approach. Today, this worthy virtue has mainly fallen victim to cost cutting and a fast-paced society.
In Boker’s 1906 catalogue, many straight razors were offered with a pearl scale tang. For this feature, two thin scales of natural material such as mother of pearl or camel bone are affixed to the tapered tang. Using various sanding belts, the natural material is manually levelled to fit the tang until a seamless, elegant joint is formed. This process must be handled very delicately to protect the precious natural material from damage. The result is a tang that is pleasantly smooth and warm to the touch and has a sophisticated, nostalgic look.
Boker have been able to recreate this difficult combination of thinly ground tang and perfectly fitted mother of pearl scales. The special blade finish of the straight razors with pearl scale tang sets this razor apart from the rest of the product range.
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.