How does a machined razor differ from a cast razor?
Good razors can be made using both techniques. A machined part is generally stronger with tighter tolerances. Machining is slower and more labor intensive unless a high volume of parts is being produced. It is more expensive. It requires the making of fixtures and jigs and uses more metal (the shavings can be recycled). More complex geometries are possible with casting, but this is unnecessary for a razor. To our knowledge, we are currently the only shop machining titanium double edge razors in the US.
Why is a titanium razor superior to a chromed or stainless razor?
Chroming is usually done over pot metal; it's a cheap way to make a razor shiny and inhibit the formation of rust. Over time, cracks form in the chrome, water will seep in, and the razor will rust. That being said, some chromed razors last for years.
Stainless steel is a bit of a head scratcher for us. You leave a wet blade in the razor, it's going to rust. To avoid it, you need to take the blade out and wipe the razor down. It's a pain. Also, they can be coated to prevent rust, but few manufacturers take this extra step. Stainless steel razors are also very heavy. Some people like the heft, but it makes it more difficult to shave gently; you are constantly fighting the high mass.
Titanium has 60% of the mass of stainless and is the most noble metal -- that is, the least likely to corrode -- after gold. There's no need to coat it, and it won't rust if you leave a wet blade in it. HOWEVER. The blade will rust, and leave rust behind on the razor. Just wipe it off. I use my finger, but you can use a soft cloth. If you don't bang it with a hammer, a titanium razor really will outlive its owner. On the downside, it's pricey and difficult to machine. Never use anything abrasive to clean your razor; it is possible to scratch the finish.
Why are your razors so expensive?
They aren't. They are costly to manufacture. They cost more relative to other razors, but you really do get what you pay for. No marketing hype. Just the best razor ever.
Can I get a refund if there is a problem?
The razor is warranted against defects in material or workmanship for life.
Is the lifetime warranty for real?
It sure is. We'll repair or replace your razor at no cost if it should ever prove defective. The only exception is in the case of deliberate misuse. So don't use the handle as a crowbar, and you are covered.