Product no.: 305
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This is a J.R. Torrey razor that was made in Worcester, Mass. Torrey razors are well known for their high quality and great shaving ability. Here is a little interesting history about the Torrey Razor Company.
The J.R. Torrey Co, Worcester, Massachusetts existed 1858 - 1963.
The Joseph R.Torrey Razor Company was founded in 1858 to make razor strops, and to sell straight razors. In 1880, they started manufacturing razors. The razors they had dealt in prior to this were inported from Sweden and England. J.R. Torrey Razor was one of its most prominent firms and the Torrey family was one of the wealthiest in Worcester. They were the first to own an automobile and one of the first to have a telephone, though they soon removed it because the only other person in town with a phone was the butcher. After the war, however, America’s love affair with straight razors began to wane as many people switched to safety razors. Joseph Torrey, the second generation of Torrey’s to lead the firm, couldn’t transform the company to make cheap disposable blades. He was also too preoccupied with flying—he held the fifth private flying license ever issued in the U.S.—speculating in the stock market and other escapades to manage the company. It was a real rags to riches to rags story, said Matthew Erskine, an estate attorney in Worcester. Joe Torrey erroneously thought straight razors would continue to do well, Erskine said, even though other companies were phasing them out and manufacturing other cutting instruments. Joe was the CEO and controlled the stock, and he genuinely thought straight razors weren’t going to go away. By the time he died in the early 1960s, his sister, Marion, had to rent out rooms in her house to students to make ends meet.
Torrey was in business from 1858 until 1963. This razor is in perfect defect and blemish free condition. Based on the hone wear it shows almost no, if any, previous usage. It has a 5/8 wide blade with mirror finish blade faces. The steel is carbon steel with a hollow grind. The scales are replacement scales. They are a celluloid carved faux ivory style and in like new condition. Recently honed to provide a smooth, close and comfortable shave, this razor comes guaranteed shave ready.