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Here is a very unusual straight razor. It is a De Pews. It is unusual and funky because of the extra long monkey tail that this particular brand of razor has. (please see the photos). As far as information to this razor's history, like most straight razors the history is sketchy to none. About all I could find is that the company was in business from 1882 in England and in New York, with William H. De Pew as the sole owner. I can find no record as to how long the company was in business. What is known is that the De pews razors were made to the highest quality standards, are nice shavers, providing a somewhat different shaving experience. If you care to read what past and present owners of a De Pews say, please use this link, (http://straightrazorplace.com/shaving-straight-razor/94713-shaving-de-pew-monkey-tail-razor.html). This particular De Pews razor shows moderate hone wear. This razor has been completely refinished on all steel surfaces, i.e., blade faces, tang, spine and monkey tail, and polished to better than new condition. The tang engraving reads, De Pew's Patent June 6 1882. The blade features are, 4/8 wide, made of carbon steel with a hollow grind. This blade carries replacemnt scales of genuine ivory, It was my opinion that a razor of this limited supply, unuusal style and shape, and high quality, carry a high quality set of the scales befitting it's characteristics. These scales are in perfectly flawless, strikingly beautiful, aged coloration, perfect condition. As an added note my position regarding De Pew's razors, is that they shave no better and no worse, than a standard shaped razor, but a little different feel because of the shape and weight of a more standard razor. They are more of a well made novilty razor to my thinking. Suited mnore for a razor collector than a "own only one razor" user. Extremely rare, especially in this all around perfect, completely defect and blemish free condition. Buy for an investment as well as a collection addition, it will go up in value and price. Recently honed to provide a smooth, close and comfortable shave, this razor comes guaranteed shave ready.