The Boker Stainless Steel Olive Wood 5/8 Straight Razor is a classic razor made using 1.4034 stainless steel with a hardness rating of 59 HRC.
This variation of the popular 5/8” blade ensures ease of use and delivers an excellent shave every time. The historic blade design stems from the popular Boker straight razor lineup from the early 20th century. The select olive wood handle scales with their lively grain give this cut-throat razor a special, exclusive touch. Refined with the Boker tree symbol delicately inserted into the wooden handle and branding on both the blade and serrated tang. The round point blade has a satin finish and an extra hollow grind with a ridge.
Handmade in Solingen Germany, the Boker Stainless Steel Olive Wood 5/8 Straight Razor weighs approximately 38g and comes in a Boker presentation box. An authentic and outstanding example of a stainless steel straight razor.
Stainless steel straight razors are sometimes unfairly considered to be inferior to their carbon steel relations. According to the German Industrial Standard, steel can only be called stainless if it contains at least 10.5% chromium. One property of chromium is that it makes the structure of the steel more coarse. For highly precise cuts this is not ideal, but the effects are actually negligible in every day wet shaving use. Conversely, there are many advantages to stainless steel such as it's very slow rusting properties and superior appearance.
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.