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This is a William Greaves and Sons straight razor that was made sometime before 1850 in Sheffield, England. in 1850 Greaves sold the business to B.J. Eyre. The condition of this razor is in superb blemish and defect free used condition. The blade is 13/16 wide, is made of carbon steel with a hollow grind. This blade is attached to its original horn scales that are in perfect condition.
Here is a little more info from the known history regarding Greaves and Eyre. 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 - Edward 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 centerpiece 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. 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 note is that razors were not the only cutting items that were made in the Greaves factory. Other items included draw knives, chisels, shears, axes and hatchets, etc.
These old razors are getting very scarce, and especially in this great condition. It is a nostalgic treat to hold and shave with a charismatic, about 200 year old razor. Recently honed and stropped to provide a smooth, close and comfortable shave, this razor comes guaranteed shave ready.