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This is a William Greaves and Sons straight razor that was made between 1823 and 1858 in Sheffield, England. This razor is in superb condition for a razor as old as this one is.
Here is a little info from the following known history regarding Grevaes. Reports state that William Greaves started in business in 1775 on Burgess street in Sheffield England. By 1817, William Greaves had moved to Division Street and had brought his sons - Edeard and Richard - into the business. In 1823, the Greaves family built Sheaf Works, it was the first sign that great changes were underway in the Sheffield cutlery trade. The main block of Sheaf Works (still standing in Maltravers Street near the Wicker) was the centrepiece of the first large-scale factory in the town. In 1850, William Greaves & Sons was dissolved, The firm was sold to B.J.Eyre & Company in 1850, and the Greaves markings continued to be used until approximately until 1858. Of particular note, is that when Greaves sold the business to B. J. Eyre in 1850 he had become one of the wealthiest men in England. Of course razors were not the only cutting items that were made in the Greaves factory. Other items included draw knives, chizels, shears, axes and hatchets, etc.....
The facts of this particular razor are that the blade is 6/8 wide, is made of carbon steel with a hollow grind. This blade carries the original horn scales that are in great condition.
Greaves like all the old razors are every bit as fine a shaving razor as any ever made including quality razors being made today. These old razors are getting more scarce all the time.
Recently honed to provide a smooth, close and comfortable shave, this razor comes guaranteed shave ready. It is a nostalgic treat to hold and shave with a charismatic, more than 170 year old razor.