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This is a J. A. Henckels #78 1/2 model straight razor that was made in Solingen, Germany. Henckels is considered by many to be one of the very best razors ever made. They have had a lot of experience since they started in business in 1732. I would place this razor as being made in the mid 1900's. It is in excellent condition, with medium hone wear and a smile shaped blade. This blade is a 9/16 wide, is made of carbon steel with a hollow grind and original factory mirror finished blade faces. This razor's blade carries it's factory original, black embossed, celluloid scales. Included with this razor is a no name generic razor box that is in solid, sound and perfectly uysable condition. Recently honed to provide a smooth, close and comfortable shave and this razor comes guaranteed shave ready.