Hommage, the Parisian purveyor of luxury grooming equipment, skincare and spa services for men, has created a limited edition platinum-sheathed straight razor using an ancient layering technique. The technique was once applied in the making of the Crusaders’ swords.

This razor goes by the name of Damascene Razor. The blade is hand-forged in Germany with 128 layers of legendary Damascene steel, topped with a rose and torsion pattern, whereas the sheath is plated in pure and treated platinum to resist tarnishing.

The razor comes in a lacquered gift box made of Tanzanian anigré wood. The name Damascene is an attribution to the steel swords made in the vicinity of Damascus, Syria. It first gained its mythical reputation during the medieval Crusades.

According to Hommage, “the blade of a Damascus steel sword was said to be able to cut a piece of silk in half as it fell to the ground and was strong enough to cut through a rock without losing its sharpness”. This sharp razor retails for $30,000.