Boker razor abalone 6/8 FRENCH POINT
Freehand razor with 6/8 blade with French tip. The handle of this spectacular razor is made with Abalone, a crustacean found only in New Zealand waters.
Boker's Abalone freehand razor combines extraordinary design and exceptional performance. The forged blade of this exceptional freehand razor is made of O1 carbon steel (1.2510) hardened to 59-61 HRC. Due to its superior characteristics this carbon steel is the perfect material for premium freehand razors. In addition to the classic materials that have defined the popular Boker freehand razor for decades.
Even in the age of metallurgical powdered steel, the classic non-stainless carbon steel still has its raison d'être. Many users appreciate the traditional look of carbon steel, as well as the combination of blade retention and easy sharpening never before achieved by stainless steel.
Due to this property in relation to its very thin structure, carbon steel is still a real alternative to chromium steel when it comes to cutting tools. Remember that the ending "Not stainless steel" does not mean that the blade will take on a tinge of rust.
With a little attention, a carbon steel blade has the same lifespan as a stainless blade. In the kitchen, you just have to avoid letting the used blade rest for a while without cleaning it. It is important to know that carbon steel blades should not be stored in leather sheaths, since these sheaths often contain tannic acid, which can damage carbon steel. A completely natural property of the material is the patina that will develop over time.
It is absolutely normal for the blade to take on a greyish blue hue: this is not a defect. On the contrary, the patina (oxide layer) protects the blade and makes it more resistant to external conditions. The patina often develops after the first use and cannot be removed. For the expert, it is a sure sign of high quality carbon steel. In general, this also applies to Damascus blades forged from classic carbon steel.
Boker freehand razors
Boker carbon steel razors use a reliable silver steel that offers excellent blade retention while being very resistant and elastic.
The basic material is a round rod cut to size to create the so-called cut piece. The cut piece is brought to red fire and then torn apart with a 690 kilogram rammer. This must spend two days in the annealing oven to be cooled to 200 ° C. Once cooled, they are deburred, from the excess material created during the forging process. Subsequently, they are straightened under a 200 ton press before going to the hardening department. Here, they are hardened and annealed to achieve the perfect combination of edge durability and elasticity. Finally, they are finished and cleaned by hand in 18 steps: from coarse finishing to fine milling. Between the individual processing steps, the blades are cleaned, checked and straightened if necessary.
The direct shapes of the razor are mainly determined by national and local traditions and personal preferences. However, the different shapes offer several advantages. The width of the blade is given in relation to one inch. An 8/8 "blade is one inch wide, while a 4/8" blade measures half an inch. The most common blade is 5/8 ”. The 4/8 ″ and smaller blades are mainly used by barbers and hairdressers to shave the neck. A wider, heavier blade glides more firmly on the skin and can pick up more soap and beard before it needs to be cleaned. The narrower blades fit well in tight spots and contours.
The razors are available with different tip styles, including round, serrated, French and Spanish. The round spot has the least risk of injury. It is recommended for beginners. With their clearly defined edges and outlines, the other points offer some advantages for getting precise lines and contours.
The Synthetic handle consists of synthetically or semi-synthetically produced polymers. The first plastics were produced in the 19th century, consisting of natural substances such as rubber or cellulose. The production process was invented as early as 1531 by Wolfgang Seidel, who lived in Augsburg, Germany. Modern society would be unimaginable without plastics, as they are used in almost all areas of daily life. They are malleable, hard, elastic and resistant, withstand a wide range of temperatures, offer thermal shape retention and chemical resistance. In terms of physical properties, they are classified into three groups: thermoplastic, duroplast and elastomer.