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This is a Bengall straight razor that was made in Sheffield, England. See history note below. Bengall razors are a top quality razor that enjoyed a heavy following among buyers in the U.S. as well as in Europe. Bengall razors were made for quite a long time, starting in about 1748 for the next 200 years. Some Bengall razors were made to very Decorative shapes. Much design time webnt into these razors as can be seen in this razor. Features that are differnet from the norm on this razor are, a triangular, instead of round, spine, fancy shaped tang as it joins the blade, top and bottom jimps, ornate blade face engraving, lustrous mirror finish over the entirety of the steel surfcaes, and the ivory scales. Some razors have one or two of these features, but not mnany have all these features on one razor. As mentioned in the below history note, this razor is a product of Bengall razors made during the Cadman era, between 1906 and 1953. This particular razor is in superb condition. With only very light previous hone wear this razor had very little previous usage. The blade is a full 5/8 almost 6/8 wide, is made of carbon steel, with hollow grind. The original ivory scales that were on tihs razor were cracked and so were replaced with brand new ivory scales. They are of course, being new, are in brand new stunning condition. Ivory really sets off a nice razor to an exqusite apperarance. This is truly a "none made better" razor with superb styling and a stand alone presence. Included with this razor is a generic, no name box, that is not original to this razor, but is perfect for it's safe keeping. It is in supertb condition itself. Honed to provide a smooth, close and comfortable shave this razor comes guaranteed shave ready.
NOTE: Here is a little history for the Bengall razor. Bengall was a trademark for T. R. Cadman between 1906 - 1953. The Cadman family originally came from Derbyshire and settled in the village of Eckington, to the south of Sheffield. Luke Cadman (1727-1788) moved to Sheffield in 1740 and became apprenticed into the cutlery trade. He became a freeman of the Cutlers' Company of Hallamshire in 1748 and was granted the trademark "BENGALL". (Another branch of the family was granted the trademark "SENEGALL"). Two of Cadman's sons followed him into the business. The Cadmans' business was located at various addresses in Sheffield over the years. In the early 1870s Thomas Radley Cadman (1833-1917) took over the firm. By 1933 the firm had diversified into safety razor and pocket knife manufacture. T.R.Cadman & Sons, Ltd. ceased trading in 1965. Cadman & Sons occupied a number of addresses in Sheffield including premises in Surrey Street, Fargate, Carver Street, Broomhall Street and Monmouth Street. The firm continued into the 1900s though the safety and electric razor market was putting them under increasing financial strain. Throughout the post war period they continued a strong international trade. They exported 80-90% of their products to Australia, Japan, India and Poland. During WWII they supplied the Royal Navy with 250,000 razors. They also provided some straight razors for the Thomas' Supply Store in Victoria, Australia, and the Ward Bros. also in Victoria, Australia. However, the Bengall razors that straight razor enthusiasts will come into contact with almost exclusively today are straight razors made by T. R. Cadman that were made bewtween 1906 and 1953.
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