Anyone familiar with this manufacturer.

Discussion in 'Straight Razors' started by Claude Stewart, Apr 12, 2021.

  1. Claude Stewart

    Claude Stewart Well-Known Member

    Gottlieb Hammesfahr.

    Wondering if its worth the time and money needed to straighten the blade to make it shave ready?

    Don't need a specific value but, just if its actually worth it.


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  2. Rkep01

    Rkep01 Well-Known Member

    The general rule for me is if the blade was made in Solingen, The quality of steel makes it worth saving, regardless of who the manufacturer is.
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  3. Mr. Oldschool

    Mr. Oldschool Johnny Dangerously

    Not familiar with the brand, but "straighten the blade"? :confused: I don't think I have seen a bent blade before, but if you have one, I don't think she's coming back!
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  4. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    Straighten the blade???

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  5. Claude Stewart

    Claude Stewart Well-Known Member

    The blade seems to be warped in the middle. Like a very shallow C. Pretty new at this. Not sure how to bring a blade back to being straight.

    Almost the same problem I had with my razor - America by Geneva Cutlery


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  6. Mr. Oldschool

    Mr. Oldschool Johnny Dangerously

    Okay, I think our terminology is getting confused. If you hold the razor on its spine and look down the thinnest view of the blade, is that curved? If it is, that would be warpage, which almost never happens. Razors are made of very hard steel and break rather than bend. If it is what you appear to be describing, that is what we call a frown. It comes from honing with too much constant pressure in the center of the blade, among other causes. It isn't good, but your razor doesn't appear to have a severe frown. It should be able to be honed out, but if you are new, I would strongly recommend outsourcing this to one of the numerous hone-meisters that call this forum home. You might put feelers out for who is nearest to your neck of the woods to see who to go with. I definitely wouldn't recommend trying to do a corrective hone until you've successfully done a few easier ones.

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  8. Claude Stewart

    Claude Stewart Well-Known Member

    Did that. Showed the frown right away.

    Thanks for the video. Excellent tutelage.
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  9. Claude Stewart

    Claude Stewart Well-Known Member

    Oh. a "frown" That's what it has. And that is caused by poor honing techniques?

    Thank you for the information.
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  10. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    The opposite of a frown, of course, is a smile.
    That's caused my too much pressure on the heel and toe of the blade. Both the frown and the smile are caused by poor honing techniques.
  11. Claude Stewart

    Claude Stewart Well-Known Member

    I suppose I am having a difficult time understanding how a straight razor blade can sharpen so unevenly?

    Same thing with a really nice Geneva Cutlery American I am having problems with.
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  12. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    Mr. Oldschool hit it...
    As you're pushing the blade along the stone, your fingers are exerting a downward pressure on the blade. Focus that pressure in the middle of the blade and you get a frown, focus it on the heel and toe and you get a smile.
  13. Claude Stewart

    Claude Stewart Well-Known Member


    But the thought of a blade only catching the toe and heal while honing is freaking me out.
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  14. Steve56

    Steve56 Hone Hoarder

    That problem is common on German razors. All that guilding and apprenticing with domed wheels and hones.

    There’s a thread on the brand here:

    You can do like Glen does in the video, or,

    You can hone that overgrind as-is with a narrow hone, I just posted an example today:

    Another example below. Both these were round $35 and work as tomo nagura too.

    You can hone it as-is on the corner of a stone using circles/ellipses or back and forth strokes. Cost is $0.

    Or you can pay several hundred dollars for a convex hone, and several hundred more for a plate to maintain it with, lol.


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  15. Mr. Oldschool

    Mr. Oldschool Johnny Dangerously

    In most cases of frown or smile, the entire blade is making contact, but where the pressure is strongest will cause the tiny amount of flex that the blade can make to press harder into the hone. The harder it presses, the more friction it creates with the honing grit. The more friction, the more material is removed from the blade.
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  16. Claude Stewart

    Claude Stewart Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info link. So this blade seems to be pre 1935. Nice
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  17. Steve56

    Steve56 Hone Hoarder

    YW sir!

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