JA Henckles ~ Solingen Germany 1917 - 1954+
This Straight razor was forged in Solingen and is 5/8" by 2 3/4" and is shave ready.
This razor has been restored. The metal does have some minor staining left over. It has lower jimps. The scales are straight and the blade moves smoothly. The bolsters are snug to the scales.
Blade Width: 5/8"
Blade Length: 2 3/4"
"Platinum" Carbon Steel Blade on the Tang on one side. With Geo H Weyer KANSAS CITY MO. Made in Germany 401 with Henckles Twins Logo on the other.
Model Number: 401
1920's....is a best guess
Scales are in excellent condition, with the ornate metal ends boasting the Henckles logo.
Box is also supplied.
Stand not included.
ZWILLING J.A. HENCKELS ~ Solingen Germany
The history of the ZWILLING J.A. HENCKELS brand starts on June 13, 1731 (under the Gemini star sign). It was on that day that knife-maker Peter Henckels from Solingen registered the "Twin" symbol as his trademark with the Cutlers’ Guild of Solingen. This symbol which is now well-known globally, is thus one of the oldest trademarks in the world. Today’s name – ZWILLING J.A. HENCKELS - was given to the Company by a descendant of Peter Henckels, Johann Abraham Henckels.
Henckles were a reliable maker of Straight Razors for WEYER. WEYER was a barber supplies company that bought & sold Henckles razors, stamping their name onto the TANG in the process.
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.