The Boker 'The Celebrated' Wenge Wood 6/8 Straight Razor is an extraordinary 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 wenge, an African fine wood. The wood is delivered in planks, cut down by hand into smaller blocks then ground down to the needed thickness. Finally, the handle is precision milled and finely chamfered. The tang feature Boker detailing and a ridged top for enhanced grip. The combination square point blade with a faceted round point and straight spine lends the blade a harmonious appearance. The razor had a satin blade finish and an extra hollow 'singing' grind with a ridge.
Handmade in Solingen Germany, the Boker 'The Celebrated' Wenge Wood 6/8 Straight Razor weighs approximately 52g and comes in a Boker presentation box. This razor is a celebration of a high quality model initially featured in Boker's 1906 catalogue.
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.