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This razor is a George Wostenholm & Son oeriginal pipe razor that was made in Sheffield, England. It is difficult to come up with a date of manufacture for Wostenholm razors becaause they were in business for such a long time, from 1797 until 1991. If you are interested in any of the Wostenholm history here is a link; https://www.eggintongroup.co.uk/history/the-history-of-george-wostenholm.html The original business was started by George Wostenholm who operated in Sheffield, England from 1797 - 1823, the business was later operated under the name George Wostenholm and Son, Successors to George Wostenholm in 1823, and other later Wostenholm's who operated the razor and cutlery business until at least 1991. However, and based on the blade shape, original horn scales, the 1800's styling of the original box, and other manufacturing details, combined with what can be found in the above link, I believe this razor was made sometime in the last half of the 1800's. This is one of Wostenholm's Original Pipe Razors. Anyway, as for the condition of this particular razor, hone wear shows no previous usage and it remains in like new condition, and in some cases in better than new condition. This is because the tang, monkey tail and spine have been polished to a toaster like mirror finish, which the original finish did not have. The blade itself has a lustrous mirror finish and is considered a wide razor, it being 6/8 wide. It is made of carbon steel with a hollow grind. The replacement scales are an improvement over the original horn scales that were in very poor condition and so were replaced with these new mustard colored, celluloid scales. This razor comnes with it's factory original razor box that is in excellent condition, and quite uniquely styled. Recently honed to provide a smooth, close and comfortable shave this razor comes guaranteed shave ready.