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Razors of Distinction - Made to be Used

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These razors are designed to be the finest on the market. I have spent a great deal of time studying both antique and current production razors. Precision heat treating methods are employed to provide the sharpest, most enduring edges available.


This is one of my most interesting razors.
It has laminated pearl scales and a pearl inlayed tang.

Tang Dovetail

As far as I know, it is the first razor with an inlayed tang that has
dovetails both front and back.


Meteorite Damascus Blade with Mammoth Ivory Scales

It's the things you can't see that matter most.

Since a razor is first and foremost a tool, strength and edge holding are paramount to its utility. The factors most influencing these traits are the steel selection and the quality of the heat treating. Both are things that you can't see and have to take the makers word for. I use only factory new steels in making my  Damascus. No used or "mystery" steels are employed. Currently, I make my Damascus from O1 and L6 tool steels. My Tim-ahagane is made from Michigan Iron ore, gathered on the shore of Lake Superior.

I perform all my own heat treating. Nothing is left to chance with outside venders. By using modern salt bath and cryogenic techniques I am able to get the highest performance possible out of my razors.

Prices and Options:

My basic razor is:

    Blade:        Damascus steel, 6/8's, 1/4 hollow ground, Any point style
    Scales:      One piece tropical hardwood (Ebony, Cocobolo, or similar wood).
    Price:         $990.00

Prices then vary as options are added:

    1. Blade Sizes: 4/8's, 5/8's, 6/8's, 7/8's, 8/8's, or 9/8's

    2. Blade Grinds: 1/4, 1/2, and full hollow.

    3. Steel: Woodgrain pattern Damascus is standard. Numerous Damascus patterns are available. Meteorite Damascus and Tim-ahagane are specialty options.

    4. Point styles: Square, Round French, Spanish, Barber's Notch, or custom. Different point styles do not effect the price.

    5. Blade Profiles: Pretty much anything. The most popular are the "Classic" and "Thumb-notch/Shoulder-less".

    6. Blade Options: Plain, or Sculpted Spine, Jimps, Hidden Tang, Dovetailed tang inlay.

    7. Scale Material: Tropical hardwood is standard. Options include such materials as: Mammoth Bone, Mammoth Ivory, Horn, Abalone, Pearl, and others.

    8. Scale Style: One piece is standard. Three piece with a wedge is available as an option.

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If you have never tried a "real razor", and are interested, here is an excellent beginners guide by Dr. Christopher Moss.

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On rare occasions my razors are available here:

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Zowada Custom Knives
  4509 E. Bear River Road
Boyne Falls, MI  49713 

Phone/Fax: 231-348-5416

E-Mail: sandy@tzknives.com 


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