06-01-2014, 10:56 AM
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This review is recovered from the old review section for archival reasons.

So several people have asked my thoughts on the Harner so I decided a review would be best. First let's get this out of the way, it is pricey. This is hand forged, and made one at a time by Butch Harner.

Presentation is simply stunning. You receive a huge white box with only the Harner logo. Inside that box is a very large and heavy wooden coffin. The top is Maple and the sides and bottom are Mahogany. I would imagine if you were to find a display coffin like this out in the wild, it would run $75-$100 on its own. The wood on the scales is incredible. High gloss polish and it just feels right in the hand. The blade is also a work of art, I love the look of the full hollow without a shoulder.

The razor: Being a full hollow without a shoulder this blade is a loud singer. Butch hones each blade himself prior to shipping and it comes incredibly sharp. The edge holds its sharpness VERY well, it is still quite sharp, very effective and I am on the first hone still. As sharp as the blade is, it is also quite forgiving. I don't recall ever getting so much as a minor nick with it, and there is minimal to zero sting from alcohol based aftershaves. It is just one of the smoothest most efficient razors I have ever used. If it wasn't for the cost this would easily be a primary daily driver for me.

I put the value at 4 starts despite the cost. Presentation will make your jaw drop. The shave is silky smooth. The edge lasts forever. I can't discuss ease of sharpening as I still have not had to hone it. A must have razor for any straight enthusiast. At some point I will pick up a second in a larger width.

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 06-01-2014, 11:15 AM
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Doug, great review and thanks for sharing pics of this beautiful razor! Smile

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 06-01-2014, 11:35 AM
  • BobH
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Sounds like a winner from you review of it. One point though and that is there are current production full hollow shoulderless blades by various manufacturers. It is one of my favourite blade designs too.


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 06-01-2014, 11:43 AM
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Thanks for that info Bob. I've updated the review.

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 06-03-2014, 02:16 PM
  • freddy
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Doug, although I do not use a straight, that is truly a thing of beauty.

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 01-08-2016, 02:43 PM
  • Wrathen
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So very pretty. I tried straights a few years ago and didnt work out but their beauty always tries to draw me back.

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 01-08-2016, 03:35 PM
  • Aleksey
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Very beautiful, just like a furniture. I don't like wood on my brushes but man, I can't deny the beauty of woods on straights. Enjoy it Doug!

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 01-08-2016, 08:42 PM
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Beautiful razor! Ones like those make me want to get more into straights.

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 01-08-2016, 09:35 PM
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Just finished honing one after taking a huge chip out of the blade, a nice razor nothing special in my opinion having honed every custom razor out there, I would take a few custom makers over the Harner, nice to hear your findings all the same.

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