The Straight Razor Acquisition Thread

Discussion in 'Straight Razors' started by DaltonGang, Aug 3, 2017.

  1. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    On its way to me. I've always liked the look of these Bow Razors. It looks like it needs a little work. Hopefully, not too much. Any idea on the history of these Wade & Butcher varients?? Age??

    Razor- Wade & Butcher "Bow Razor". $3.46 :angelic007:
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  2. HolyRollah

    HolyRollah BaconLord Staff Member

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    This arrived today and I had my first shave with it this evening. Brian Brown Custom 6/8.
    No restoration necessary.....:D

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  3. Kokak

    Kokak Well-Known Member

    Very nice! Even better at under $4
     
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  4. Kokak

    Kokak Well-Known Member

    WOW
     
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  5. mrchick

    mrchick Odd, Terrible Avatar

    Today was the first shave with my new arrival. It is a wonderful razor.
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  6. mrchick

    mrchick Odd, Terrible Avatar

    How was the factory edge on this beauty Kevin?
     
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  7. HolyRollah

    HolyRollah BaconLord Staff Member

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    Fairly smooth...but I may give a touch up with jnats & nagura. I've grown accustomed to the soft feel these stones yield.
     
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  8. Spyder

    Spyder Well-Known Member

    Below a German built razor for Opps barber supply in Pueblo, Co. Good news is the discoloration on the blade is a stain. I'm sure it can be polished out without using any low grit abrasive:). This should easily polish up without un-pinning. The edge looks to be in excellent condition.

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    Below is a Flic. I've been keeping an eye out for another Flic. The gold wash is in decent shape and overall condition is very good. Some hone wear but nothing to worry about. The box is in very good shape as an added bonus.

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    Both razors came cheap from sellers that typically don't deal in shaving items:). Only a couple of bad pictures, so I had to "roll the dice" on these, which panned out.
     
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  9. Billyfergie

    Billyfergie The Scottish Ninja

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    I Got this Beautiful Factory Fresh C. Myers & Sons 6/8th Recently to Turn Over..But..As from Yesterday its All Mine & Part of My Collection as I Just Couldn't Bring Myself to Sell it..:happy097:

    I Booted Out an SR from My Collection Yesterday to Cover this One..The C. Myers & Sons Razors were Also the Same Lineage & Company that Made Kropp Sheffield SRs..In My Humble Opinion Razors from this Era of Production were the Amongst the Best of the Best of Sheffield Steel & Ground Almost Perfectly..This Razor was Ground as Straight as an Arrow..;)

    I Honed the Myers & Sons on My Naniwa Super Stone Progression & Finished it on a 16 K Escher Thuri Natural Stone..I Got this Razor for 16 Notes English on UK Ebay..:D

    My Next Shave.. :happy108:

    Billy..:chores016:
     
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  10. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    It's a looker all right. So, which of your razors got the boot??
     
  11. HolyRollah

    HolyRollah BaconLord Staff Member

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    Well, since this old Hibbard catalog from the late 1890s lists a W&B Bow razor for $8.63 a dozen (.72¢ each!), I'd place your bow model, listed at $2.50 somewhere in the mid-1920s.
    The 'Bow' was an valued historical symbol to the British because of the English Longbow—a mainstay in the 100-year war. Possibly why the icon was used for that particular model.
    Most appear in the latter half of the 19th and into the 2oth century.

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  12. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    Great article. Thanks. It just arrived today, so, the restoration begins. It looks like it's going to be a somewhat easy restoration. Just some rebounding of the bevel, and a little sanding.
     
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  13. Heljestrand23

    Heljestrand23 Well-Known Member

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    No idea of the history, but I own the exact same razor...



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  14. Heljestrand23

    Heljestrand23 Well-Known Member

    Snagged this guy in the wild today, only needed a little polish and she looks beautiful!
    Herm. Konejung, 1807 1/3 Made in Germany. 5/8 Hollow Ground
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  15. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    Hopefully mine will look that good, after I'm finished with it.
     
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  16. Heljestrand23

    Heljestrand23 Well-Known Member

    Hopefully mine will still look as good after I'm finished honing it..... I'm trying to set bevels, key word "trying......"


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  17. otherstar

    otherstar Rodney Dangerfield of TSD

    There are some nice straight razors in this thread. Hmmm...maybe I need another :signs136:
     
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  18. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    You say most of the Bow Razors appeared in the late 1800's and into the 1900's? There should be quite a few out there. But, I see very few out there in decent condition. Were they limited production, or a higher, or lower end Wade And Butcher??
     
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  19. Billyfergie

    Billyfergie The Scottish Ninja

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    I Punted My Keen Cutter Simmons Solingen 6/8th .I Brought in from the USA..These were Made in Germany for the USA Market..:happy088:

    Billy..:chores016:
     
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  20. HolyRollah

    HolyRollah BaconLord Staff Member

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    Considering they selling them 'by the dozen' in the US via a dept store catalog, I don't think they were limited production items. Most of the Bows that I've seen were late Victorian era and turn if the century. There may be some produced earlier in the 19th century
     

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