Livi Snake - Photos Added

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Livi Snake - Photos Added

Post by drmoss_ca » Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:06 pm

Ever seen one of these in the flesh? Big bruiser. I'll post pics of my own at the weekend.
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I have just done my usual touch-up routine (no disrespect to Il Maestro, but I have seen the videos of how he sharpens them) on a Chinese 12k (200 passes), Spyderco UF 3" (100 passes), Illinois 827 with Flexcut Gold (25 passes), Ilinois 827 with HandAmerican Liquid Chrome (25 passes), HandAmerican leather bench hone with Liquid Chrome (50 passes), SRD 'seat belt/ballistic nylon' "linen" (50 passes), and SRD latigo (25 passes firm and 5 passes gentle). The hairs on the back of my left hand fall over as it whizzes by without any sensation whatsoever. Expertly made, superbly finished and exquisitely beautiful, the only criticism I can level at it before shaving is that there is an inadequate shank to hold for stropping. The scales, which are artistically shaped with a long overhang past the pivot rivet, interfere with one's grip of the shank when trying to strop. Again, at the weekend I will post a picture of the razor with the scales angled for stropping; the ends of the scales nearest the pivot extend over the shank (tang to some, although they would be wrong; the tang is the part that sticks out beyond the scales distal to the pivot), leaving next to nothing to grip whilst stropping. This razor is not going to be a Wall of Shame Queen, it is going to earn its keep, and must be stroppable. I shall find a way.

Tomorrow the first shave.

Chris
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Post by brothers » Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:30 pm

It looks like it is alive! This has to be a one-off art piece,is it not?
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Post by ZethLent » Wed Aug 05, 2009 5:56 pm

Awesome!!

I think that first shave with it will be quite the shave!!

We anxiously await your pics.
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Post by druphus » Wed Aug 05, 2009 8:51 pm

WOW!
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Post by Squire » Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:54 pm

Chris you must be one of those guys who can get by with just a few hours of sleep. It is a stunning piece though, amazing how utility and art can be so conjoined.
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Post by Hawkeye5 » Thu Aug 06, 2009 6:42 am

"...the only criticism I can level at it before shaving is that there is an inadequate shank to hold for stropping. The scales, which are artistically shaped with a long overhang past the pivot rivet, interfere with one's grip of the shank when trying to strop."

I have a custom scaled Le Grelot with the same problem. The razor shaves very well, but stropping is difficult. I've also found the overhang to interfere somewhat with my grip while shaving certan areas. I'm considering sending it back for modification so it becomes more user friendly.

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Post by xChris » Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:40 pm

I have razors that have presented me problems with stropping too. Like you, good doctor, I figure a way to get it done. Those razors will be used too! They are a tool first and foremost; the art is the benefit.
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Post by drmoss_ca » Sat Aug 08, 2009 6:08 am

Some pictures:

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The chequering on the spine extends over the nose:

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The stropping problem; how to grip this?

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I haven't yet got it all the way to the level of sharpness I like, but it is coming. It is large and heavy - 10.5" long when folded, 12" long fully open and weighs 110g or 4oz - so shaving with it is a bit awkward at first.

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Post by Sam » Sat Aug 08, 2009 6:13 am

WOW

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Post by xChris » Sat Aug 08, 2009 6:20 am

Perhaps tightening the pivot (like Maestro Livi does in his videos) is the best way to allow a good stropping? Basically, make the razor a long fixed-blade razor/knife. Although, that certainly presents the problem of even more gear (wrench) & prep time within the den.
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Post by ZethLent » Sun Aug 09, 2009 9:41 pm

C'est Fantastique!!

素晴らしい!!



I am always impressed by the ivory that the Mastro gets his hands on.

A beautiful razor, and scale(s).
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Post by EL Alamein » Mon Aug 10, 2009 8:20 pm

Gorgeous, simply gorgeous!

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Post by whitebar » Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:17 pm

Chris,

Your new razor is amazing and is quite a work of art. Thanks for sharing. The tail makes a De Pew's look almost normal! :lol:
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Post by fritz » Wed Aug 12, 2009 11:07 am

xChris wrote:Perhaps tightening the pivot (like Maestro Livi does in his videos) is the best way to allow a good stropping? Basically, make the razor a long fixed-blade razor/knife. Although, that certainly presents the problem of even more gear (wrench) & prep time within the den.
How about two pieces of plastic, just thick enough to slide between the scales right behind the pivot pin. The edges would be contoured to match the curves of the tang, thereby locking the handle in place. Perhaps use two strips of double-sided velcro to squeeze everything snugly together, and the strip nearest the pin would provide a pad for your thumb and forefinger to roll the razor.
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