For the gentleman who prefers plain, simple razors - yet demands the utmost in performance - let me present to you the Thiers Issard 1937 Special Coiffeur. While the 6/8 Special Coiffeur is no longer available - it's twin brother the "Super Gnome" is still readily available from most online retailers that carry the TI line for around $90.
What makes this TI unique/special? Well, although it is the least expensive offering from TI, it's also the only razors in their line with a 1/2 hollow blade. You see, most TI's are extra hollow - singing razors with a tremendous amount of flex in the blades.... and some gents with particularly unruly beard growth prefer the feeling and performance of a thicker grind - like this 1/2 hollow razor.
The fit/finish on this razor is the standard Thiers Issard "so-so" - where this razor really shines is properly honed and against your face. While it is quite plain, and reasonably priced - this razor is one hell of a shaver.... in my opinion as good - or perhaps better than any other Thiers Issard branded razor I have tried under $300.
This isn't going to knock the silverwing or the LE Hammer off of their spot at the top of the hill, but it does offer an outstanding (performance wise) razor at a very affordable price point for a brand spankin' new razor. For those gentleman who aren't fans of fancy gold washes, loud/colorful scale material, and are no frills, no nonsense sort of fellows, these razors provide exactly what you're looking for.... a damn good shave.
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