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Printed for Joel M. Hawkins lik ely to bend and spr ing, and a cut w ill be the r esult. w idth of the bla de. the w idth of the bla de is another point that should r eceive attention. as a rule w e believe the begin ner selects too w ide a blade. a compar atively nar row one, in the size k now n as the 4-8 is the best for most pur poses, as it does not spr ing on the face so r eadily as the w ide blade, yet it follows the contours of the face mor e closely, and in gener al is managed mor e easily. the point of the r azor ought to be slightly rounded as show n in the illustr a-

ither half, thr ee-quarters, or full concave. the full concave

e is of course the thinnest. in view of the fact that the thinner

edge the shar per the instrument, most purchasers of a r azor

ld natur ally conclude that the full concave blade is the best.

impr ession is that this is a mistake; that the full concave blade

ot so good for sh av i ng most bea r ds as the thr ee-qua rter s

cave. in a very deeply hollow ground r azor, the blade is ground

r emely thin, back to a line some distance from the edge. w hen

san fr ancisco, usa entir ely on the car e given it. never put it away until it has first

neglect on the part of the user . the life of a r azor w ill depend

your r azor . man y a fine r azor has been spoiled by car elessness and

heated and that would quick ly spoil its temper . tak e good car e of

a nd spoil it. use water fr eely otherw ise the bla de w ill become

this pur pose, for if you do you ar e quite likely to scr atch the hone

of the hone. you should not use the top sur face of the hone for

have a r azor w ith a shar p point, you can round it off, on the edge

probably occasioned mor e cuts than almost an y other cause. if you

tion. w hile this is seemingly a small matter, yet a shar p point has

causing the metal to soften and crumble at that point, w ill s

other part of the blade. a tin y rust spot on this delicate lin

cially upon the edge, w hich seems to rust mor e quick ly than

condition w hen you next use it. rusting must be pr evented, e

the r azor in its case w ith the expectation of finding it in g

not r emoved by the cloth have evapor ated. then you may r epl

to the air for a few moments until the little particles of moist

should be dr aw n across the strop a few times, or else left exp

pur pose. even this w ill not r emove all the moistur e, so the bl

been w iped thoroughly dry, using a piece of cha mois sk in for


bear d, unless the blade is held very flat upon the face, it is quite


such an edge, almost as thin as paper, comes in contact w ith a stiff

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er to k eep shar p. almost an y desir ed mak e of r azor may be had


und r azor is thin ner and ther efor e cuts better, and is much



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