I recently completed a razor that's been hanging around the shop unfinished for months. I picked it up mid-last year off ebay, and was compelled by the unique history of the company: an Austrian company started in 1870 by two Jewish brothers, Emil and Albert Böhler. Their company stamp (a Star of David) reflected their faith and was used extensively in all their metal work. By the time the 1930s came around, the political climate in Austria had changed and the Böhler company was compelled to remove any symbol considered 'Jewish' and thus the Star of David was removed. Today, Böhler Steel is an international company with a solid rep for fine steel. The straight razor itself was in pretty beat-up shape, but had real potential. Many, many hours of fine detailed sanding & polishing to remove years of built up grime, scratches and gunk—and yet not harm the existing white and gold wash. Tedious work, to say the least. Getting close to the finish line and and assembly... Cleaned up, polished and honed…. 11/16 carbon steel blade, round point; stainless pins & washers Many tight detailed spaces on the blade that require cleaning… The steel took a very keen edge. Finished off the Apache Red (8-10k) > Apache Strata (10-12k); linen & leather strop. I originally had anticipated selling this razor, but after all the time I've invested, coupled with the quality of the shave it gave, I'm holding off and will simply enjoy this unique razor.