Straight razor grinders

Discussion in 'Straight Razors' started by Edison Carter, Feb 14, 2021.

  1. Edison Carter

    Edison Carter Goo-bloomin' Stankster

    I have an interest in knowing just how many people that there are in the whole world have the skill & means to actually grind one of these genuine hollow ground straight razors that we so love to use.

    Ill start off with some guesses.

    Ralf Aust - 1 grinder, himself
    Thiers-Issard - 3 grinders, maybe 4
    Wacker Razor - 1+, the current patriarch (semi-retired at about 80) part time, and his son the 4th generation
    Dovo - maybe 10 grinders
    Boker - ?
    Gold Dollar - ?
    Rasoir Sabre - 1 grinder, Ertan Suer
    Jerry Stark - is he still active
    Max Sprecher - 1 grinder, himself
    Portland razors - 1 grinder, also sells Dovo & Thiers-Issard

    So ... maybe 30 in the whole world?

    I’m glad to have had the opportunity to buy some of this stuff in my lifetime.

    Who do we want to see go out of business, and why?
     
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  2. CastleShave

    CastleShave Well-Known Member

    Shave smith
    Ali Blades
    Yuri kravchenko
    Koraat
    Osiris
    Mike Martinez(not active)
    Sage blades
    Charlie Lewis(not active but has made returns in the past)
    Jenes Sandor
    ALE Razor
    SnailForge
    Mike Martinez(not active)
    Robert Williams(currently inactive but there is still hope)
    Angelo Murru
    Herr Razors
    I’m probably missing a few but this is off the top of my head


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  3. gssixgun

    gssixgun At this point in time...

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    Those that have real skill are the 3-4 that can Regrind

    Max
    Young Nate Zowada
    Brad Maggard
    and Me :p

    If you don't know the real difference it is rather interesting
     
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  4. gssixgun

    gssixgun At this point in time...

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    Jerry Stark recently retired his grinder

    I heard he returned to the restaurant biz
     
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  5. b1hart

    b1hart Speed Racer

    J3Customs - Derek Tuner

    ShaveSmith (mentioned by @CastleShave ) - Chris Schall
     
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  6. ischiapp

    ischiapp Well-Known Member

    In Italy we have few:
    Riccardo Tonarini
    Emidio D'Astolfo
    Antonio Farina
    Angelo Murru *
    Andrea Brattelli

    I like these too:
    Alejo Balbis (Ale Razors)
    Drew Dick (DoubleD Razors)
    Gergely Horváth (HG Razor)
    Marco Lopez (Macu Knives)
    Roman Kamlash (Raido Star)
    Sergey Illarionov (Rigarazor)

    * EDIT:
    In the last months / year, people are going mad with Angelo Murru.
    This is a warning.
     
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  7. gssixgun

    gssixgun At this point in time...

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    Riga and Ale are well known now and their grinds are Top Notch many of the Italian guys are members on the FB SRP-Community and show off their works their too
    They are very artistic



     
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  8. ischiapp

    ischiapp Well-Known Member

    Art is something very personal.
    On that side I feel better JS or DD.
     
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  9. gssixgun

    gssixgun At this point in time...

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    (JS) ?? Jenes Sandor is VERY good his grinding has been and still is in what I consider to be in the top five Technical guys

    I agree art is subjective, the accuracy of the grind is all math :)
     
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  10. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member

    Victor, who posts as Bluesman7 is known for grinding very hollow razors.
     
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