Very nice Matt. I saw a few from that sale. I was looking at the Wacker. There were a couple of custom razors from that seller. He was definitely an aficionado that took care of his razors.Gentlemen,
Well the Thiers Issard Spartacus arrived...to recap...here was the sellers photos:
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So as I posted, this razor belonged to a barber who was sadly diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, and passed away four months later. This razor sat in storage for a little over a decade.
As I gently cleaned this razor, I couldn’t help but think how he must have lovingly oiled and waxed this blade, and then carefully wrapped it knowing he would not get an opportunity to use it again.
As I continued to clean this razor with a q-tip and rubbing alcohol, a minty 7/8 Thiers Issard Spartacus with worked spine and dressed in magnificent rams horn scales emerged. I was floored...there is the slightest bit of very light tarnish near the toe on the front of the face, and the slightest bit of a spot in the middle on the back...these could easily be removed in about 30 seconds with flitz, but I am going to let it remain...the slightest of discoloration is part of this razor’s journey.
The scales are immaculate, straight, and the razor closes dead center. The bevel near the edge is straight and thin.
It is truly a stunning razor, and the craftsmanship appears to be absolutely top notch! I will likely hone it tomorrow!
Pics after cleaning:
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