First, thank you for your business. It really means a lot to me that people like you allow me to do what I love.
How to care for your razor:
The steel needs to be kept dry. So after each use clean it under water and simply wipe it off. Afterward, please wipe the blade with a little oil. (cooking oil works fine) I also highly recommend the tufCloth, can be found at most major retailers, including amazon.
I do not recommend barbicide on these high carbon razors. Barbicide may accelerate rust on high carbon materials, in my own personal testing, I’ve found this to be true. On stainless steel razors, barbicide is just fine. To sanitize your high carbon razor, there are many other options you can choose from online or in store. High carbon steels can start to form rust in under an hour, that is why oiling is essential, as is the necessity to dry the razor completely before storing after a shave. I am not responsible for any rust formation on your razor.
If you have rust on your razor, there are many options. I can regrind the razor and refinish it for a small fee, or you can do it yourself. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to ask.
How to care for your wood handle:
Please keep the wood as dry as possible between uses. You simply wipe it off when finished and it will last a long time. If you’d like to apply another protective layer, I suggest tung oil. It keeps your wood feeling natural and looking great.
How to care for your Bone handle:
Bone is hardy material, you really don’t need to take special care, other than drying them off between uses.
How to care for your Horn handle:
Please keep the horn as dry as possible between uses. You simply wipe it off when finished and it will last a long time. You’ll need to avoid leaving horn in sunlight and in heat, they will warp over time, but take precautions and they’ll last generations.
How to strop or hone a Damascus Steel Razor:
You’ll need to apply one piece of electrical tape to the spine of the blade so you maintain the beautiful etch on the blade when stropping. Same goes for honing.
I hope you enjoy shaving the old fashion way. It takes practice to learn but it is very fun to do. I recommend reading up and watching youtube videos to learn the ropes. Also if you have access to a barber shop that still shaves to traditional way getting a shave is a great idea!
Getting yourself good products for your shave is a good idea. It makes the whole experience much better. Suggestions are really up in the air, everyone has a different favorite brand so you can have fun finding yours.
Thank you again and please feel free to contact me for any reason,