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#1
My wife is a hair stylist and today she cut Max Sprecher's hair. She asked him what he does and he told her he makes straight razors. I don't use a straight so not familiar with many of the brands. Anyone heard of this company?
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#2
I found the answer just now. It turns out he is pretty big on SRP. I guess if I decide to ever try a straight I will go to him since he is right down the road from where we live.
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#3

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Castro Valley,CA
He's pretty well known. Never heard anything but good about his blades.
#4

The Dude Abides
Florida
He is quite well known, and makes a terrific razor. They tend to be large (mine is 8/8) and expensive. You can occasionally find them at a better price in the classifieds. If I ever get around to listing mine you'll see what I mean.
#5
(This post was last modified: 03-19-2016, 10:30 PM by CrowneAndCrane.)
He makes very nice straight razors. There are a couple of Magnus Gabrielsson videos on youtube where he uses a Max Sprecher razors. One is a 10/8 and one is an 8/8. Magnus has a very impressive razor collection.

Here he is using the impressive 10/8
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#6
Max has some of the best razors you can get in the current custom market.  He treats his steel extremely well, and I would rank it at the top of the pile for razormakers today.

My only two criticisms are his aesthetics, which are too angular for my taste, and his scales tend to be too long and a bit clunky.  I still love this MK-inspired guy he made for me though!

[Image: 12552578_729384093863588_631733908771948...e=5795A26B]

Photo is the one Max took.
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(03-20-2016, 06:16 PM)explodyii Wrote: Max has some of the best razors you can get in the current custom market.  He treats his steel extremely well, and I would rank it at the top of the pile for razormakers today.

My only two criticisms are his aesthetics, which are too angular for my taste, and his scales tend to be too long and a bit clunky.  I still love this MK-inspired guy he made for me though!

[Image: 12552578_729384093863588_631733908771948...e=5795A26B]

Photo is the one Max took.

Whoa! That is one beautiful razor. I would love to try a straight but due to how sensitive my skin is to aggressive razors, I can't see it working out too well. Do you have to be able to handle razors like the R41 to be able to use a straight? Or are there mild straights?
#8
There are definitely different levels of aggression with SRs, but for me I've found them consistently better on the sensitive skin than DEs.  DEs always give me ingrowns and razorburn.

Some tips for getting "milder" SRs:
  • Full hollows are generally more aggressive.  Wedges, quarter hollows and some half hollows are very mild and are excellent at giving your skin some respect.  The advantage to the full hollows are how close the shave can get.
  • Avoid newer mass produced razors.  The steel they use is not as capable of getting truly good edges on a consistent basis.  A good edge means you use a shallower angle and less pressure, which in turn gives you that milder feel.
  • Look into coticule sharpening for the edges.  Far and away the most forgiving and gentle of edges I have tried (Naniwa 12k, Gokumyo 20k, JNATs, eschers, water stones, etc.) I do some sharpening for folks, if you find a razor that fits your criteria, shoot me a PM.
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(03-20-2016, 08:24 PM)explodyii Wrote: There are definitely different levels of aggression with SRs, but for me I've found them consistently better on the sensitive skin than DEs.  DEs always give me ingrowns and razorburn.

Some tips for getting "milder" SRs:
  • Full hollows are generally more aggressive.  Wedges, quarter hollows and some half hollows are very mild and are excellent at giving your skin some respect.  The advantage to the full hollows are how close the shave can get.
  • Avoid newer mass produced razors.  The steel they use is not as capable of getting truly good edges on a consistent basis.  A good edge means you use a shallower angle and less pressure, which in turn gives you that milder feel.
  • Look into coticule sharpening for the edges.  Far and away the most forgiving and gentle of edges I have tried (Naniwa 12k, Gokumyo 20k, JNATs, eschers, water stones, etc.)  I do some sharpening for folks, if you find a razor that fits your criteria, shoot me a PM.

Thanks for the info.
#10

Member
Vancouver, BC
He creates some magnificently looking straight razors. Happy
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