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This is a Russian Razor that was made in Russia in 1961. For identifying the country, razor brand and date of manufacture, (the Russians always put the date of manufcature on their razors) please see the lettering on the razor's tang. I don't read Russian and so don't know how to interpret what it says. As for the identifying lettering on the razor's tang, (other than the date of manufacture) I don't read Russian and so don't know what it says. Over time in general discussions with people that do speak Russion, I have learned that most razor factories were/are located in or near Moscow. Please see the accompnying tang photo for the printed info. I have heard that Russian razor blades are made to harder Rockwell "C" standards than razor blades of other countries. From my honing experience of honing several Russian razors and my experience in working the steel during restorations, I believe this to be true. Most all razor makers harden their carbon steel to between 62 and 64 on the Rockwell "C" scale. Russian carbon steel razors I am sure are hardened to a little higher "C" scale level. This slightly higher "C" scale level creates a longer lasting cutting edge before it requires honing. I believe the reasoning for this harder Russian steel is a method that is comparable to, and with similar results, of other steel hardening processes, i.e., Thiers-Issard's lead hardening, Filarmonica's Doble Temple, Henckels, Hess's and Puma's, deep freezing "INOX" method. At any rate, all Russian razors are made to this higher hardness standard, and are of high quality in design, material and manufacturing, that results in high shaving quality. Another nice feature with Russian razors is the composition and coloration of most of the scales. Their marbleized, versions have a deeper than industry standard, crystal clear, bright appearing coloration. They are mostly made of celluloid, but usually with a seemingly slightly harder and more dense composition than most celluloid scales from other countries. They just have a different color appearance that is of better quality, and this can easily and quickly be seen simply by looking at them, in person. The Russian razors don't seem to have or use a wide range of scale materials, but for the most part, more effort has been put into celluloid scale manufacturing process and quality. This razor's Marbelized coloration of various browns is the factory original celluloid sclaes and are in like new conddition. The blade shows very little hone wear, is 9/16 wide and will last a lifetime while providing great shaves. This blade is made of hi-carbon steel, with a hollow grind and highly mirror finished blade faces. This razor has been recently honed and comes guaranteed to be shave ready. If you have never tried a Russian razor, they are great shavers and because of the hard steel, the cutting edge should last a long time before a re-sharpening is required.