Böhler Stahl 'Star of David' Razor

Discussion in 'Razor Restoration' started by HolyRollah, Feb 15, 2015.

  1. HolyRollah

    HolyRollah BaconLord

    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. :)
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  2. FacialCarnage

    FacialCarnage Well-Known Member

    Beautiful work, beautiful razor!
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  3. GDCarrington

    GDCarrington Burma Shave

    Excellent work Kevin!
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  4. Mr. Shaverman

    Mr. Shaverman Well-Known Member

    Very nice!
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  5. Doubletrouble

    Doubletrouble Member

    You do great work!
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  6. Tattoobob

    Tattoobob Well-Known Member

    Beautiful, great job.
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  7. mickeyobe

    mickeyobe Active Member

  8. mickeyobe

    mickeyobe Active Member

    I shall probably never see such a razor but your photos are some compensation.
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  9. HolyRollah

    HolyRollah BaconLord

    To be honest, I've only seen one other Böhler Stahl straight razor— Jamie Mahoney was working on one some time ago and I recall him referencing the 'Star of David' icon—which piqued my interest in locating one.
    Supposedly the steel used on these is exceptional.
  10. gssixgun

    gssixgun At this point in time...

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    Really well done

    That took some serious time to get done and it shows in the quality of the overall restore Kev
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  11. Radiotube

    Radiotube RADInOverdrive

    Wow... what a beauty!
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  12. SDK

    SDK it's his fault

    Never sell that! (but if you do I will be all over it). What a beautiful piece of history.

    Of particular interest to me as I am of Austrian descent....
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2015
  13. vwp528

    vwp528 Well-Known Member

    Beautiful work on this razor! Congratulations.
  14. markjnewcomb

    markjnewcomb Well-Known Member

    Very Nice.
  15. Kilgore Trout

    Kilgore Trout The Smart Bunny

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  16. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

    Nice work Kev
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  17. Rapidray

    Rapidray Well-Known Member

    Of all your razors you have shown, this is my favorite one. I may have even broken our #10th on this one.
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  18. HolyRollah

    HolyRollah BaconLord

    To top it off, this beauty turns out to also be an exceptionally smooth shaver as well.
    Unlike the many razors that pass through my hands, I can safely say that this Böhler is a keeper! :love055:
  19. BamaT

    BamaT Well-Known Member

    Wow, that looks great! Fantastic job on the restoration, and I like the story behind the razor!
  20. Jamie Mahoney

    Jamie Mahoney Well-Known Member

    Bohler Stahl razors made some of the finest razors and steel to be found anywhere, I manged to pick up a mint one a few months back then foolishly sold it I regret it to be honest it was a super shaver and held such a superb edge.

    Bohler Stahl (steel) dates back to the 1800s in Austria Vienna.
    After some quick research I was able to find that this German cutler was actually a Jewish company which was forced to remove its stamp from their razors during the Second World War - a Jewish Star of David which this razor would have had during pre Nazi Germany.
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