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George Butler "Shakespeare" No. 3 Straight Razor

1870's full hollow, Dutch point of high carbon steel
A very good vintage
Pros: Easy to hone
True ivory scales
Well balanced
Cons: Not enough of them on the market
Care needed to be taken with the ivory scales
Narrow scales gap to accept the blade's edge
The missing (TBA) bits from the overview:

Blade thickness = 0.17mm at top of bevel
Spine thickness = 5.12mm
Bevel angle = 16.2°
Scale width at pivot pin = 12.7mm
Scale thickness = 7.4mm near pivot pin
Overall closed height = 24mm

This SR was in remarkable condition for its 150yo age. I was fortunate that the blade has seen very little use/wear.

As received, the bevel was properly set so I just did a few light laps on a 12k stone followed by a full diamond pasted balsa strop progression before shaving. That first shave was good but not up to my desired standard.

After each of the next few shaves, I put this SR through another full diamond pasted balsa strop progression. By the fourth shave, I was happy.

The ivory scales are thin like most ivory scales. The blade centres well when closing but care needs to be taken that you are not putting any bend in the scales or the edge will catch on 5he top inside edge of the scales.

I am now very happy with this SR. I would shave with it more often but then my other SR's would get jealous.
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Easy to Sharpen
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