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This is a Thiers-Issard razor. It is in perfect, defect and blemish free condition and Made in France. Thiers-Issard razors are extremely well known, highly sought after and considered by many to be the best razor ever made. The Amish community used them almost exclusively. Thiers-Issard razor blades are tempered with the lead hardening process. Thiers-Issard is the only razor manufacture that today uses this lead hardening process. Environmental concerns have outlawed this process over all of Europe. Thiers-Issard has been grandfathered in so they can still use this process, but even they are limited to the number of days each year they can fire up their ovens. This razor was purchased from the original owner almost unused. It was so well taken care of that it shows only in like new condition both aesthetically and mechanically. Actually, it is now in better than new condition in that it has been honed to improve the factory edge that is never quite shave ready and it has had a greatly improved set of ivory scales installed. As all Thiers-Issard razors the steel surface of this razor has the famous extremely high polished mirror finish. The blade of this razor is made of carbon steel and is 6/8 wide with a hollow grind. The original factory black celluloid scales have been replaced with a more deserved quality set of ivory scales. Beautifully textured, ivory scales, luxurious by nature, will go very nicely with any blade, and ivory will improve the looks and value of any blade, but because of it's scarcity and higher value over most scale materials, it is only installed on the very highest quality razors. These genuine ivory scales are in perfect blemish and defect free, flawless condition. These scales are held together and attached to the blade with a threaded pivot pin and micro hex nuts. This razor comes with it's factory shipping box and razor papers. This razor will make a great shaving companion that will provide a lifetime, and more, of great shaves. Honed to provide a smooth, close and comfortable shave, this razor comes guaranteed shave ready.