CV Heljestrand MK24

CV Heljestrand MK24

Postby dappershaves » Thu May 13, 2021 7:14 pm

Carl Victor Heljestrand was born in 1816 in Eskilstuna, Sweden and was an industrialist who already as a 12-year-old began working in his father's knife factory. The father, Olof Heljestrand took the art of etching and gilding steel to Sweden in 1810. Charles Victor (C.V.) undertook several trips to England Sheffield and acquired additional skills when it comes to produce and process steel. Sheffield at this point in time was the leaders in forging, tempering and grinding techniques. Its believed that during these travels and extensive work in grinding houses that caused his health (lungs) to deteriorate and eventually passed on 29 June 1861.

C.V. Heljestrand straight razors have received much attention with the Japanese especially acquiring a taste for Swedish steel due to it’s purity and hardness. His razors have many times been at world exhibitions as perfect examples of high quality. The razors on the market today are vintage and rarities that are difficult to come across. They are exceptional shavers with durable edges as Swedish steel is significantly harder than Solingen steel. “Mästerlig Kvalitet” or Master Quality is the branding they attached to their premium product range identified by a “triple crown” stamp and MK # designation on the shank reverse side.

The razor in this restoration is a MK24 and a beautiful example of one of the more popular models made by CVH. The model 24 range is a 1/4 hollow or near wedge in 4/8 size. There was a 3/8 version made as well. It had a very long production run and was made in several versions, but roughly they can be grouped into:
* Early No.24 that had a long blade. Later versions had a more prominent shoulder.
* No.24 This is the same design but the blade is a bit shorter.
* MK 24 This is actually the same design as the early No.24 but with the MK designation.
* N024. For surgical use. This is a steel scaled version that’s even a bit shorter than the ordinary version.

The shape of the point changed over the decades depending on what was in fashion. This one sports a French point, but round and square points was also available.

These razors are rare because they are very small and it never went on export to the USA, probably because of its diminutive size. They are not for beginners as the French point will punish any lapses in concentration. The small blade is very nimble but more challenging to keep correct shaving angles. The smaller and lighter blade demands good technique to use efficiently.

The wedge and pivot hinge on this razor was also loose and need correction. After the initial hand polish the razor is already looking a lot more sexy. Swedish steel is a lot harder than Solingen steel so I elected for a full Coticule progression, bevel set to finishing. Shave test and final thoughts to follow.
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