I will have to update this about me part, because a lot of time has passed since I started this little hobby of mine! 🙂 Till than I leave the original post here, updates coming soon!
My name is Sándor Jenes, and I live in Hungary, Debrecen. I am 23 years old, and currently I am a 5th year medical student at Debrecen Medical University.
The majority of people I talk about my obsession stop here, and give me a weird look, usually asking me: What? A medical student making razors? Why? 🙂
Well, I want to tell you why, because I think it is an interesting journey. So, here it is:
The whole story began about three years ago, when some friends asked me if I know someone who could sharpen some knives for them. I am a Do-it-yourself type of person, so my idea was that I could sharpen them myself, after some googling and reading some tutorials, it shouldn’t be too difficult. I bought some cheap stones, started sharpening those knives, and this was the first step into the fray. The sharpening process was very zen-like and calming, so I quickly became obsessed with it. I always sharpened some knives when I was fed up with multiple hours of studying, and tried to get better and better at it. My family and friends enjoyed using sharp knives, I was enjoying sharpening them, so this was a win-win situation. I frequented some knife-forums too, to get some information about sharpening, and I got a lot of help there.
A few months passed after this, and seeing a lot of people making knives with little to no experience and equipment, I had the idea that I could make a japanese style kitchen knife for my girlfriend as a christmas gift. This was the first time I made something out of steel, and the knife came out OK, my girlfriend liked it a lot, so I was very happy. Somehow knifemaking didn’t catch my attention despite of this, so sharpening continued to be my No.1 hobby.
This started to change in 2009, when I saw a straight razor at a flea market. I used to go to a lot of flea markets after my sharpening hobby began, because I was looking for good and cheap sharpening stones continiously. They weren’t readily available locally, and expensive japanese waterstones were way out of my reach as a student at that time. The guy selling the razor wanted about 5$ for it, and I thought why not, it has a built in angle for sharpening, maybe it will help me improve my sharpening skills. I thought that at the time, I didn’t really want to try shaving with it, I just wanted to know how sharp a straight razor can get. Everyone says about every knife he sharpened that its “razor sharp”, I wanted to know what razor sharp really means. I figured that the paper cutting test isn’t enough to judge how sharp a razor is, so I started to read about shaving with a straight, and now the real story begins! 🙂
After the first shave, I was surprised how much more comfortable and enjoyable the shave was with normal lather and a straight razor. And after this I started to buy every straight razor in sight, Solingen, Sheffield, Russian, American, doesn’t matter. Not only razors, but every piece of rock that looked like a natural razor hone, razor strops, brushes, everything razor related.
After a few weeks, I had a lot of razors which had rust on them, pins were loose etc., so I started to restore and rescale them. The initial cost of all the stuff I had to buy was pretty high, so I decided that I should sell some of them after restoration. This way I could finance my hobby, and other people who suffered the same disease as I were happy too, because they got nice razors for good prices. This tendency didn’t stop until just recently, I bought beat-up razors, restored and rescaled them, and sold those which I didn’t like.
The next station of my journey started because I wanted to try shaving with japanese razors. I wanted to try one badly, but even ugly and beat up ones were going about 100$ on Ebay at that time, so I thought: Why not make one? I had steel, I had a bench grinder, and I had already all the stuff to polish up and sharpen a razor, so after a few months of work and a lot of help, my first razor ever was born, a 6/8 kamisori:
This one started my zeal, I enjoyed making it so much that I started to make my own equipment, belt grinder, new buffer, everything. Some of them aren’t finished even today, but they are under way 🙂 After my grinder was ready, my secund razor was born, my first western razor ever, a 7/8 french point in zebrawood:
The responses to these razors were so good, that they gave me the courage to buy steel, belts, and start making more razors.
And we have arrived to the present. I started making more and more razors, and thought that I should make a homepage to show my work to those sharing this noble hobby. I will be uploading photos of my work, tutorials, and everything razor related which can help new and experienced people alike.
I hope you enjoyed reading my little story, and will find something interesting to you here!