Col Conk/Dovo #98 Straight Razor with Buffalo Horn Handled
Important Advice to the User.
The blade of your open straight razor has a very fine and vulnerable cutting edge. Touching it or cutting materials other than beard hair, or using it for other than its intended purpose will damage or destroy it. Therefore a direct contact with the skin should only occur during the shaving session. Gentle stropping of the blade before shaving maintains the blade's cutting ability for several months, while too much pressure onto the strop will cause damage to the fine cutting edge.
Blades of open straight razors are made of stainless or carbon steel and therefore require a particular diligence and maintenance. Blade and handle have to be cleaned and dried carefully after use. For long term storage the blade should be lightly oiled, and the open straight razor be kept in a dry environment.