War’s razor

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Yurii Kravchenko
Ukraina, Chernihiv
may 2022
Titanium BT 4


Yurii Kravchenko is a well known and appreciated razors’ maker who lives in Ukraine. All fans of traditional shaving may get familiar with his products over web or get users’ opinions from all over Europe. It is fair enough to say that Sebastian Cichomski, our most known Polish maker, he nominated Yurii for “Art Day 1” on facebook in April 2021.

Yuri’s portfolio is composed of a number of razors at high maturity levels of design and make. My favorits are: Cardinal (very specific ending of the tail), Ukulele (black blade but mirror finish of the rest) or El Comendante – all referenced in the fotos above- click to enlarge. Most of them are big smiling blades at high sizes, even 11/8. “Orthodox” shavers can identify something fitting their preferences at 7/8 straights. Still with the specific Yurii’s touch and style.

There were two features wchich attracted my immediate attention to his works. The blade, the scales, the graphics all that is designed professionally and well documented. This is where AutoCAD gets engaged and the graphical designe steps in to get the most out of the set of the materials for a specific piece of razor. Technical drawings have been published already many times on Yuri’s facebook profile, which is not that common for other makers. The second very appealing feature is the variety of materials used, his dedication and passion for the form and the details.

Not everything is super perfect, not at all. However things like oxidation, the ornaments on the spin, engravements on the blade and scales are off the top shelf. A caveat: I’m not saying that other makers could not have done similar pieces. They not seldom are fully capable to do so, but they do not do it, at least not as a core stream of their production. I suppose this is the power of market rules. At the end I encourage you to see his fb profile to watch his workshop, namely the tooling, stencils on the wall as well as overall layout and ergonomy.

Cardinal on its design drawing (foto Y. Kravchenko)


The idea for this razor came in direct reaction to the Russia invasion on Ukraine. I considered buying something from Yurii earlier but it has not materialized. Then, in one moment, Ukrainians world broke apart. Many changed in our world as well. Now we live together – in every town and village, in every school, in every store, in many of our houses, all there we are with Ukrainians. We all have become experts in Ukrainian topography. The war affected our mindset profoundly and rapidly. Aside the evident barbarity of Russians, we can experience unusual eruption of good will and energy from ordinary people. We can observe a number of similarities with Polish history, people’s behaviours, hopes, betrayals and other patterns. We’ve been monitoring all the news, shelling and bombing maps, events. Some have been exposed for direct threats.

The above is not a cause sufficient to buy a razor. Not at all. It would be rather a reason to drop and get away from buying, from consumerism. But it is a reason to refresh direct relations with people engaged, to get to know if the workshop of famous maker survived the siege, whether he restarts his production and if the war reflects in the designs. Hence, the decision was one and simple – let’s make it.


The engravement on the blade as such was not indented as a leading theme. In fact I was quite concerned to place it there. However, the connotations of farmer’s tractor towing TOR-M2 missile system and the sinking flagship vessel Moskva (probably the only case in the history that flagship vessel of large flotilla is destroyed without extended battle) – they both have became natural and automatic symbols of the war. Hence, the engravement landed on the blade.

The additional element is the inscription indicated the place of made and for whom it is made “зроблено в Україні для Польщі”.

The core of the design are the scales. They are to say a part of the story, reprint what has appeared in real local newspapers. It was not an easy, due to extinction of traditional newspapers in general. I managed to collect a pile of newspapers but it was Yurii who found the proper one. One side comes with the news on signing the Lend-Lease act for Ukraine (referring back to the famous one from W2W) while the revers is a report on the help for war refugies, our guest in Poland.

There was even an idea to make the blank out of a piece of Russian military wreck which are common in the Czernihov and other areas all around Ukraine. That reminds one of our colleagues who brought a piece of grenade that hit him during his mission in order to forge of a blade. Yurii definitely dropped the idea stressing out the shity quality of the steel. The rought finish has remained – the oxidation and monochromatic look. Nothing except the edge does shine.

The underlining assumption was that the razor needs to be fully functional. Therefore my choice was on Pegasus model a the maximum size of 8/8 of smaller. Maybe, one time I will go for Cardinal 11/8, but not now. One additional ornament on the spin resembles traditional Ukrainian embroidery


I hope that some of the well known youtubers will transmit his review of the rezon on FB live or youtube channel. Will see. In general, the razor shaves well or it goes out of use. The other matter is if the the good razor manage to get into a regular daily rotation set. At this stage that is unknown. Will see it in future. I hope it will. I’m also going to monitor how quickly it looses its sharpness. What can be claimed now, it is not vulnerable for rusting.

This time, I had the pleasure to hone brand new blade, forming the edge from zero. My set of jnats (Aoto Tamba, Igarashi Blue, Shabudani with four naguras as the core progression and then absolute finish on my super awesado Mizu Asagi) made great job with outstanding results.

Good to know that our local fan of traditional shaving (Mariusz vel Fernando) has established relation with Yurii and Dmytro (the author of the graphics) and makes shaving soaps and AS with similar symbology. Enjoy.

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Skoro tu jesteś i nie jest to przypadek, to wiesz, że robię ceramikę do TG z pasji do garncarstwa i do TG. Nie ma w tym nic z komercji. Zapraszam więc w ramach zabawy do wypełnienia tej ankiety. Nie ma dla mnie problemu jeśli skorzystają z niej producenci, inni ceramicy, tokarze w drewnie czy metalu, tłoczący miski w plastiku itd. Choć wątpię by wykazali się taką formą komunikacji ze środowiskiem TG.

Zrobiłem już tyle rodzajów misek, w różnej formie i estetyce, różnych konstrukcji, idąc na przeciw różnym wymogom, że zdaje sobie sprawę, że PERFECYJNY tygiel nie istnieje. Jedne są lepsze do trzymania, inne do wyrabiania, inne lepsze do pędzla, inne z ograniczonego miejsca, inne ładniejsze dla oczu itd. Różne koncepcje pokazuje na sieci, a cześć umieszczam na tutaj, wszystkie się rozchodzą w celach charytatywnych.


Tymczasowy piec do wypału ceramiki

Film mówi sam za siebie. Najprostszy projekt. Eksperymentem było użycie zwykłej cegły rozbiórkowej. Znając zagrożenie, pilnowałem się by nie dostać jakimś odłamkiem. Osiągnięta temperatura to 1110C, ale można było ciągnąć dalej. Nie chciałem ponieważ to był punkt rozpłynięcia gliny. Sporo się nauczyłem jeśli chodzi o palenie, np. to, że zbyt dużo paliwa zmniejsza temperaturę i podnosi redukcję. Trzeba balansować. Fajna sprawa. Następnym razem jeszcze bardziej muszę spowolnić krzywą wypału.


Polish traditional pottery

In this post I simply want to collect and present all the pieces of pottery that I hold in my private “collection” which are: traditional, Polish, utilitarian, genuine, produced by professional potters. They all have very specific forms, clay and glazes. Usually the old potters used practicing a few forms but they mastered it by thousands of repetitions. It is not only about the shape. By default they all have been produced for daily use. So they had to meet the practical expectations of users. To my knowledge there are still some traditional potters continuing their practice, but just few. There some places in Poland where most of the families settled in specific village practiced pottery. But currently, it is great deal to find there even one active potter. So this heritage pass away. It is sufficient motivation to collect photos. Here you are.

A kind of tankard for keeping bread’s
Traditional water/milk jug
Storage jar, often used to keep pickled cucambers
charity, pottery, shaving

December firing

Shortly saying, these are the latest firing results.

various shapes with 65dkg of clay
variations of tankards
impressed ball-shape mugs
Lila shaving bowl
Lila brush handle
seledongrun bowl
another grune-aue bowl
shaving bell in black and bit of red
porcelain container
it is not out of this firing but is still available (handle is gone)
bottle correction
in front: porcelain box, behind: selecod bottle
porcelain set
porcelain green coffee plates
clearance 2019 – if you wish something for charity give me a shout
clearance 2019 – if you wish something for charity give me a shout
clearance 2019 – if you wish something for charity give me a shout
clearance 2019 – if you wish something for charity give me a shout



Deeply impressed mugs

Something for the autumn. Mugs for hot tea. Impressed texture when still wet and then continued throwing on the wheel.

and some other pieces from the same firing:


First stabilized wood scales

I’m not the only one who loves stabilized wood. Stabilization with colored resin exposes nicely the most natural effect of the wood structure and reveals the natural beauty of this material. Myself, I’m not keen of the artificial colorful effects (those that you cannot meet in nature like half pink half sky blue or similar), but there are still plenty of possibilities to underline natural qualities of this great material.

The other problem is that what we all appraciate so much is technologically a junk, considered as waste in manufacturing process. Simply saying, it is not a material that can stand any defined stability or bending streight standards. Unfortunately, razor scales work during use, the proper bending of the scales is necessary to position the blade properly.

I challenged this and the material challenged myself. As you can see below, down below the end results, the first scales broke.

Nevertheless here you can see the second attempt tha is successful

As said, I was almost at the end of making process, being happy with the effect of very thin and subtle scales while one of them broke with a little pressing. So the second attempt was different, I added the 1mm G10 background to the scales. What could be done better – now I still see the space for making the scales thinner, both the G10 and the wood. Maybe, in some time….

Another discover of this exercises it the simple tool for grinding and polishing. I used sand paper on bottle cork and pieces of polishing stones but was not really satisfied. I was looking for good balance between the stiffness and flexibility. I found a simple piece of technical cork with plastic tapes perfect for this purpose. You can see it on the below picture.

Here is how the starting razor looked like. It is very nice, well smiling, Swedish Eskilsutna from Joh Engstrom.



November rush

October and November were mainly focused on preparations for the closure of the “Niepodległa” action that I started a year ago. As you may read in other posts, the goal was to release a set of custom-made pottery, a knife and a razor. I wanted to make (or rather encourage other makers to produce) a set of products matching one another and all under one umbrella of the national programme for “Niepodległa”. Bad news is that I didn’t manage to go this way and get all artefacts under single design but the good message is that all 3 products have been successful released.


The above 9/8 razor was designed by Rafał Lewandowski (nick Lewy, see LR logo on the neck) following the bests designs in the history. Although you cannot find the well-known CC logo on it, the blade itself was made by Sebastian Cichomski. This is another guarantee factor of the highest quality. Both colleagues can be met at forum. The polishing and finishing, making the scales (oak and red G19) and the most appealing part – the engraved and painted flag with dates and the eagle, was all perfectly done by Lewy. It might be not that visible but the logo (multi passes of electric and chemical etching) is deep and really tree-dimentional. The red and white painting is very durable (kind of thermo-stablized paint used for bottle caps). At the end, the razor itself is not at all merely and exhibition artefact – it is very practical for daily use. Below you can see how this razor  in action, recoreded by Pimps, namely Mariusz Sapeta.

What can I say more? I’m the humble owner of it. But I would be grateful if this is not a single piece but rather the first in a short series. In case you are interested in getting it, contact the maker or send me an email.


Pottery was the easiest to me, fully under my control. Once the final design of the razor showed up, I turned obvious that the ceramics shall follow the same color patter. This is how this set of rustic black (to resemble the facture of the black oak) with the red rounds and galleries came to real. I’m happy with the result – simple, practical and nice. In fact I made different handles, lathering bowls, AS bottle, a mug and even a candle holder. All that can be seen in different pictures below. All, except the duo-band brash which I use as my primary tool for daily shaving, has been given to charity. But will make more pieces in similar design.


Just few days prior the Independence Day, it came to me that the goal was to release also a knife. I have (almost) never made any knife myself (except 1 very practical guy made for myself during my scouting times, which by the way is still in use and fully operational). So, what could I do not having established any cooperation with knives makers? Fortunately, some 15 years ago, I bought raw blade on flea market that could be used as a starting point. It must have been the maker who sold it to me. I remember him selling quite a number of similar blades. But I have no clue who was the maker and if he operates until now. Until October I had been using the blade mainly for throwing – yes, lack of handle was the enabler for progressive learning of this unneeded skill. I found the blade the best candidate for quick make of a knife which can fit in the design to the ceramics and the razor, and still be fully useful (so called EDC category).

The above picture shows the final effect, when being used in the field. The below pictures document some phases of preparations: grinding, polishing, etching the logo, making the scales mounting the pin.

I have to add that the pin is excellent. It was bought from one of the eshops in Poland but was produced by Alexey Balatsky who takes the orders also directly and is very cooperative.

I wanted to have the blade looking aggressive therefore decided to make satin finish for tang and spine but leave glossy hollow.

The knife has been made just for my private use. No plans to make more. Honestly, it still requires some perfections.