Giesen & Forsthoff ~ Solingen Germany 1920 -
This "Angel" forged in Solingen is 5/8" by 2 7/8" and is shave ready.
This blade is 2 3/4" by 5/8" and is shave ready. The metal has minor pitting on the spine in one spot. Some of the blueing has worn off but all the writing is really well defined. The blade closes centred with nice and straight scales. The movement is slightly stiff. The tang is decorative, many Giesen & Forsthoff Adorations had decorative tangs.
Grind: Half Hollow
Blade Width: 5/8"
Blade Length: 2 3/4"
"Giesen & Forsthoff" SOLINGEN GERMANY on the Tang along with the trademark on one side, with 295 Adoration Hand Forged on the other.
All round great condition scales with original markings.
Giesen & Forsthoff ~ Solingen Germany
Giesen & Forsthoff, Solingen (today Giesen & Forsthoff Stahlwarenfabrik Gmbh & Co. KG) was founded in 1920 by Paul Giesen and Eugen Forsthoff and were located at 36-38 Baumstrasse, in Solingen, Germany.
Brandnames: Adoration, Aristine, Granville, Kirkason, The Belmont, Vic, Halma, Timor, Blackpool Tower, Jim-Slick, The Jumper, German Hoppe.
G&F are still producing straight razors at their original Solingen address today.
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.