Product no.: 524
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This is a York Cutlery straight razor that was made in Sheffield, England. There is almost no information found as regards York Cutlery except sparce here and there mentions pointing to manufacturing from 1830 up to 1850. What was found stated York razors were made along the same lines of the famous brands of the day, i.e. W&B, Wostewnholm and Frederick Reynolds, etc., (back in the day they didn't make letter openers like those that come from the Middle East and China today). The similarity of quality is pretty much confirmed from the manufacturing shape and style and manufacturing marks and other characteristics, short stubby monkey tail, rough surface finish on the tang and monkey tail. Most wedge razors were made before 1885. Some of the original blade, step one roughing out process marks indicate a certain fabrication crudeness that was not improved on during step two, the final finishing processes. Back in the era mentioned the finishing techniques to other than the blade faces, was not always desired. Appearance was left somewhat behind and function was the main criteria. Even so these razors are every bit as good and often better than quality razors being made in later years and even today. The original surface finish of this particular razor has been improved on by the restoration polishing process. The complete restoration of this razor leaves it in excellent condition. This razor have been completely restored throughout, which has left all the surfaces re-finished and in a completely clean, sterilized and polished condition, even in the pivot pin area between the scales.
This razor's blade is 6/8 wide, is made of carbon steel with a wedge grind. The original blond horn scales are in excellent condition. For the record, accordingly, "blond" is male and "blonde" is female :-) I didn't know that, but now I do.
This blade will last a young person a lifetime of nostalgic and charasmatic shaving from a razor of the early 1800's. Recently honed to provide a smooth, close and comfortable shave this razor comes guaranteed shave ready.