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Fromm Straight Razor, 5/8"

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  • World's best finish and sharpest edge
  • Made in Solingen, Germany
  • Exceptional quality
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World's best finish and sharpest edge / Made in Solingen / Germany. Exceptional Quality / 5/8" Round Point / Black Handle

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World's best finish and sharpest edge. Made in Solingen, Germany. Exceptional quality. 5/8" round point.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.5 x 0.5 inches ; 2.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001DYFI9K
  • UPC: 023508000723
  • Item model number: 72R
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,092 in Beauty (See Top 100 in Beauty)
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I was going to try to find a shop in town to bring this blade to and ask if it's just a piece of crap before I got discouraged, but I already know, now.
Yaw Mawn
Even though I had bought my husband the strop (in which you can sharpen the blade), you cannot sharpen a non-"shave ready" razor (a.k.a. virgin blade) with a strop.
C.J. Frost
So that's not a huge problem, one of the most attractive reasons for using a straight razor is eliminating costs from continually buying disposable razors.
Anthony Scott Taylor

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156 of 172 people found the following review helpful By C.J. Frost on December 31, 2009
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I bought this razor for my husband as a Christmas gift. He previously had an awesome experience with a straight razor shave at a barber shop and wanted to recreate this at home. I thought this would make a nice gift...I bought him the razor, strop, strop dressing, shave set, and soap, etc...I thought "how cool would it be for him to be able to try this out the day he receives it?"...So, I researched razors that were budget-friendly, but also had a good reputation. I kept in mind that he could try this, dislike it, and ultimately change his mind about it - may not like or decide it is not worth doing at home....anyway - This particular razor did receive some good reviews; especially from the converts - people switching from the conventional razor to a straight one. In addition, straight razors can get extremely expensive (several hundred dollars). When I looked into this one, I felt comfortable with the balance between the product reviews and the price. Appearance-wise it is a nice razor. It appears to be constructed well. However, right after I said this, my husband was inspecting it and the FROMM logo just rubbed right off....anyway, I digress.
My disappointment came with the fact that this razor was not "shave ready". This means (exactly how it sounds) that it did not arrive in the condition in which it could be shaved with. Even though I had bought my husband the strop (in which you can sharpen the blade), you cannot sharpen a non-"shave ready" razor (a.k.a. virgin blade) with a strop. You can seriously mess up the blade and/or strop. The bottom line is the razor needs to be honed. Honing requires either purchasing another set of tools (and learn how to use), taking the razor to a knife shop (good luck finding a local one), or sending it to someone who will hone it for you.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By kenny on March 14, 2011
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Like the other reviewers, I agree this razor will need a bit of tlc to get truly shave ready. Very well balanced, lightweight, easy to maneuver. Out of the box the edge is a little odd, it is not a nice even bevel on both sides. On one side, it curves upward from the ends to the middle, and on the other it starts high on the ends and dips to the middle. When you look at it, it appears as if it was honed between 2 wheels and the blade curved slightly and the pressure wasn't even. I'm a bit of a knife nut, and wanted to play with a straight razor, so I went cheap with this one. I've taken the edge off (sliced it accross my lapping stone) and started all over from an extra-coarse diamond stone up through a 12,000 water stone, then leather bench hones with lapping paste, chromium oxide, and then on to the final leather strop 5 times so far. Learning how to get it very sharp very fast, but that weird bevel is still there.

The printing on the plastic handle rubbed off the first time I used it, but IMHO it looks better all black anyway.

I would highly recommend this as a first razor, or as a cheap practice razor if you want to learn how to sharpen and hone your own. Get a good strop though, you will need it if you want to shave with this! And get a good brush! Save money on your razor and splurge on the strop and especially the brush.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Education Matters on December 5, 2010
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The is a great straight razor, especially if its your first one. As a novice, I tried to educate myself as much as possible before buying and I took a chance buying this razor. I was going to go Dovo, but I read that Fromm produced a razor that is just as good, so I thought I would try it. I was not disappointed. It took a bit more than a "light" honing to put a shaving edge on it, but after stropping with a horsehide, it produced a beautiful edge that gives a great shave. I cut myself once, but just barely; otherwise, I felt like I could actually get closer than with my old disposable razor. I also love the freedom of movement to sculpt and shape around my beard. One word of caution: allow yourself plenty of time to shave. This is not meant for a rushed shave, but rather for a nice, slow therapeutic cleansing of the facial hair. Kind of the same feeling you get after carefully manicuring your lawn. Also, use a 1000/6000 honing stone or better for honing the edge.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Satanofall on July 15, 2010
I purchased this straight razor because my first, a Kreiger, was a dull piece of junk (very sharp, but not sharp enough to shave with, and the metal was not quality enough to get the required edge on it). I've read other reviews for this razor that have stated it to ship dull, well mine certainly did not. When I got it, I simply made about 15 passes on my strop, and was able to use it. I have found that the silver lettering of FROMM on the handle does rub off, and leaves it on your fingers. That doesn't effect how well it cuts though. Also the plastic handle is somewhat flimsy, so you have to be careful not to push the blade past the handle, you can bow the plastic out and have the blade exposed if you try (but you shouldn't). The blade itself seems to be very good, and I find it best to keep the blade well honed by stropping it both just before shaving, and again right after; I wash the blade carefully before doing the post shave stropping.

Overall, I think this is a great razor to get, especially if you plan to bring one for travel as it has the quality blade, but isn't rediculously expensive.
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