Straight Razor - Shave Ready - Vintage Solingen
Straight Razor - Shave Ready - Vintage Solingen
Straight Razor - Shave Ready - Vintage Solingen
Straight Razor - Shave Ready - Vintage Solingen
Straight Razor - Shave Ready - Vintage Solingen
Straight Razor - Shave Ready - Vintage Solingen
Straight Razor - Shave Ready - Vintage Solingen
Straight Razor - Shave Ready - Vintage Solingen
Straight Razor - Shave Ready - Vintage Solingen
Straight Razor - Shave Ready - Vintage Solingen
Straight Razor - Shave Ready - Vintage Solingen
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Straight Razor

Merkur Works Vintage Solingen… Shave Ready

Regular price $ 141.75 AUD Sale price $ 189.00 AUD

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Anton Wingen Jr. Solingen Germany 1888 ~ 1920

This Straight razor was forged in Solingen and is 5/8" by 2 7/8" and is shave ready.

Condition:

The metal does have some staining and the etching on the blade is pretty hard to make out now. It has upper and lower jimps. The scales are in nice shape and the inset metal Merkur logo is easy to read. The blade moves smoothly and closes centred.

Weight: 30g
Point: Dutch
Grind: Hollow
Blade Width: 5/8"
Blade Length: 2 7/8"

Markings:
Merkur LOGO + Made in the MERKUR WORKS Solingen Germany on one side of the tang,  blank on the other.

 

The original etching on the blade is:

FÜR DEN STÄRKSTEN BART

which translates to: "For The Strongest Beard"
It is still readable under the right light and angel.

Case/Box Included - It's in great condition.

Stand not included.

History: 

Merkur Works - Solingen 1896 ~ 1996

Merkur of Solingen has a history that dates back to 1896, when Emil Hermes registered the brand in Solingen, Germany. He used the name Merkur, the Roman equivalent of the messenger of the Gods. In 1996 the Merkur company was taken over by the larger Dovo company and has played an important role in the re-emergence of Dovo as one of the world's leading razor companies.

History of Solingen.

Solingen craftsmen made swords and daggers in the Middle Ages and are now better known for knives, razors and cutlery. There is evidence that the Cutlery industry existed from the beginning of the 14th Century. According to tradition, workers from Damascus, the ancient home of fine blade weapons, settled there about the middle of the twelfth century.

Known as the "City of Blades" Solingen is also a city of rivers, providing early hydro-powered factory tooling to achieve exceptional levels of uniformity and quantity unmatched in world of cutlery. Only blades forged from Steel in Solingen could bare the SOLINGEN name.

The most important producing centres in England and Germany were Sheffield and Solingen respectively. The historic centres of French production are Thiers, Nogent and Chatellerault. In the United States the cutlery industry was centred largely in New England and New York where English and German immigrant cutlers first began production.

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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