Straight Razor - Antique
Straight Razor - Antique
Straight Razor - Antique
Straight Razor - Antique
Straight Razor - Antique
Straight Razor - Antique
Straight Razor - Antique
Straight Razor - Antique
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Straight Razor

Sheffield Cutlery Co … Antique

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Antique Sheffield Cutlery Co ~ England 1827 - 1884

The blade is 3" by 11/16" and has been expertly restored and honed and is shave ready.

Condition:
The metal does have some minor staining and scratches that doesn't affect the cutting edge. You can see clearly in the pictures provided.

The scales are in nice shape with just a slight bend to them adding character. The blade movement is smooth and it closes centred.

*stand not included

Weight: 44g
Point: Square
Grind: Half Hollow
Blade Width: 11/16"
Blade Length: 3"

Markings:
"Sheffield Cutlery Co." on one side of the shank and nothing on the other side.
It has lower jimps for grip.

This versatile square point razor is perfect for shaping goatee's, sideburns etc.

History: 

Antique Sheffield Cutlery Co ~ England 1827 - 1884

Manufactured in Sheffield, England the centre of the cutlery industry, during a time prior to mechanisation. This straight razor was likely made by hand by a local Sheffielder Cutler, to be later stamped for export to the US.  The most likely route this blade took would have been on a slow boat to the east coast of the US.

Likely during a time that included the American Civil War who knows what this straight razor has been through.

~ On the eve of the American Civil war Sheffield still accounted for about 90% of Total US cutlery imports.

The largest market for Sheffield cutlers in the early nineteenth century was America. In 1812 6,000 people out of the working population of 18,000 were making cutlery for the American market, and it was reported a third of all manufactured goods were for export to America.

After 1840 demand increased and Sheffield dominated the market in the US. It was not until the start of the American Civil War in 1861 and the raising of American trade tariffs that Sheffield’s export trade began to decrease. American cutlers fully embraced mechanisation and mass production, which allowed them to produce cheaper goods. Competition from European cutlery centres, such as Solingen in Germany, also affected Sheffield’s trade.

Anatomy of a Straight Razor

straight razors parts

David O'Neill - Restored & Honed by:

Every Straight Razor passes through Davids hands. He strives to maintain the original integrity of the razor and as such will rarely "unpin" the scales unless absolutely necessary. The cleaning process starts by hand with sand paper ensuring a gentle process, working up to a buffing wheel. Once the blade is back in good shape David uses water stones to set the bevel and then hone.

Gradually working his way up to 12K Japanese Stones & 30K Shapton stones, David produces an exceptional edge that is truly "Shave Ready". Examined under a 60x lens the process is finished with a leather strop and a test shave. Only then are the razors deemed ready for sale. His experience and patience guarantee you a razor that has been lovingly restored and made ready for the next generation to enjoy. 

David is a retired artisan, collector and restorer from Nanaimo BC, Canada. His work is imported into Australia by The Wet Shaving Co.

All our Vintage & Antique Straight Razors have been very carefully selected for their condition and potential lifespan.

These straight razors have already had 100+ yrs of product testing, they work, they work exceptionally well and will continue to work well after we have passed. Buy them, use them, enjoy them.

"What other products do we still have and are able to use, that perform as well as they did the day they were made? Especially when they come from a time so distant. It's incredible to think where & with whom these beautiful pieces have travelled. Now is your chance to continue their journey."

Each Straight Razor will come in a pouch and we will include the contacts of local craftsmen who can provide sharpening, honing services. So if at any time in the future you would like to re-sharpen them it will be an easy process.
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