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Straight Razor - Antique - "Angels"
Straight Razor - Antique - "Angels"
Straight Razor - Antique - "Angels"
Straight Razor - Antique - "Angels"
Straight Razor - Antique - "Angels"
Straight Razor - Antique - "Angels"
Straight Razor - Antique - "Angels"
Straight Razor - Antique - "Angels"
Straight Razor - Antique - "Angels"
Straight Razor - Antique - "Angels"
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Straight Razor

Engelswerk C.W. Engels "Angels"…
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Engelswerk C.W. Engels  ~ Solingen Germany 1909 - 1943

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

Condition:

This razor is in really great shape all around. It doesn't look like it was used very much. The gun blue colour on the tang has worn off slightly where the blade pivots.

The scales are in great shape. The blade moves smoothly and closes centred. 

Weight: 36g
Point: Square
Grind: Half Hollow
Blade Width: 5/8"
Blade Length: 2 7/8"

Markings:
"F.W.E Special" on the Tang along with the trademark Hansel & Gretel on one side, with F.W. Engels SOLINGEN GERMANY on the other.

Translucent celluloid scales, brass bolsters, gun blue tangs and tails.

History: 

Engelswerk C.W. Engels  ~ Solingen Germany 1909 - 1943

AKA FW Engels. (Father & Son)

Founded by Carl-Wilhelm Engels in 1892, the company was later owned by the Engels family, comprising Carl-Wilhelm’s sons Emil and Villi, and his widow Matilda.

Considered of the highest quality on par with Henckles, Dubl Duc.

Between 1909 and 1943, Friedrich Wilhelm Engels’s company had an outlet on Broome Street, New York City that would sell several models of excellent quality straight razors imported from their manufacturer in Solingen, Germany.

Solingen being one of two manufacturing centres of the highest quality stainless steel production and blade manufacture of the eighteenth to twentieth centuries.

Their straight razors, sold under the brand of F.W. Engels, were manufactured using Argo steel, one of the toughest and most durable steels ever produced and used in the production of straight shaving blades.

The F.W.Engels Straight Razors were known for their ability to take and hold an edge for a considerable length of time.

Engels straight razors were made by Engelswerk C.W. Engels, Foche a Cutler company that existed for fifty-one years.  Emil Engels would actively encourage export of Straight Razors and subsequently increased the range of goods to hundreds of catalogue items. He would later partner with Friedrich Wilhelm Engels in New York to distribute their razors in the US.

Engelswerk CW Engels would be one of the many German companies in Solingen to suffer to the destruction of World War II. The town of Solingen was targeted heavily by the British and virtually destroyed by 1944. Manufacturing ceased in 1943. At the same time, F.W. Engels’s company would close its doors in the US, as the supply of razors dried up.

F.W. Engels straight razors can be recognised by their trademark, the Hansel and Gretel logo, on the tang. The F.W.E. Special, Perfect Temper and Leader models were the most popular of their straight razors, which are referred to as “Angels” in the wet shaving community.

The company sold many wonderful, hard-wearing razors, known for their elegance and attractiveness that included cracked ice or translucent celluloid scales, brass bolsters, gun blue tangs and tails, and the meticulous effort that went into each one to make it into a work of functional art.

 

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.

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