The Max Sprecher San Mai Line Custom Razor gives you the opportunity to explore Japanese steel. When you purchase a Max Sprecher San Mai Line Custom Razor, you will be paying for the base price of the razor without the upgrades. It is your choice if you would like to upgrade the razor using the options I have available such as file work and the choice of scale materials. The razor comes with a subtle smile and thumb-notch. Because of the San Mai properties and layers applied the grind offered only goes up to 1/4 hollow. The Suminagashi billets only go up to a 7/8 .
What is included:
Custom Straight Razor Etched or No Etching
Choice of 15 Acrylic Colored Scales
Choice of Jimps or Notches Upper Tang
Choice of Points Style: Barber's Notch, Spanish, French or Irish point, Half Round, Square Point
Your Upgrade Choices:
Upgrade Choice of 10 Shell Materials, 13 G10 Colors, 3 Micarta Colors, Carbon Fiber (Glossy or Matte), or Mokume Gane.
Choice of Upgrade to File Work on the Spine, Tang or Both
San Mai means "three layer". It can be any billet with a core steel that will harden and sides that vary from plain iron to high count damascus. Most Japanese san-mai is soft steel or iron sides.
Suminagashi - A white paper core with multi layer san-mai sides. The san-mai can be stainless or low carbon. The layer count usually ranges between five and twenty+ layers per side. It features a thin high carbon core in the middle.
Takefu V2 Shiro white steel features a high carbon steel core with 22 low carbon steel outer layers. This is some of the finest Japanese blade steel that comes close to that used frequently in Japanese swords (Katana).
Hitachi shiro-gami white paper steel features a high carbon steel core with 16 low carbon steel outer layers. This steel is very pure, in which it has very little impurities such as phosphorus and sulfur in the steel's make up. Shiro-gami or white paper steel is the closest steel to the traditional Tamahagane steel.
Hitachi ao-gami blue paper steel features a high carbon steel core with 16 low carbon steel outer layers. It is basically the same as shiro-gami but with added tungsten and chrome. This is a very popular steel used in forging high end Japanese kitchen knives. The blue paper steel core does not run all the way through from the spine to the edge but from just under the spine down to the edge.
Takefu and Hitachi are both different Japanese manufacturers/companies and although the white steel they offer aren't the identical same thing on paper, but for practical purposes they are similar enough to be used interchangeably and most will not notice a difference in the final edge/shave. Hitachi is more of a brand name, more expensive and they also make it harder to obtain. However I personally find white steel to take an even finer edge and the preferred choice for a straight razor within the suminagashi choices. A customer who owns both white and blue told me once, the white steel feels very crisp but it also feels very similar or close to the blue steel.
Multilayered Suminagashi steel is not corrosion-free. Always wipe your razor clean and store it in a dry location. For better storage wipe the steel with a protective oil (ex. camelia oil, ballistol, mineral oil, baby oil, renaissance wax, vaseline, gun oil...)
Pricing includes Free USA shipping
International shipping options are
Priority Mail Express International™
Priority Mail International®
Priority Mail International® Flat Rate
The International shipping choices are insured against loss, damage, or missing contents up to $200.00 at no additional charge. Upgraded insurance available for International Orders (Contact Us)
Order Processing Time is +- 3 1/2 - 4 Months (last updated September 2020)
For materials not listed, questions or special requests, please contact me to discuss your options.
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