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    Hello, my partners on crime of continuing age old art.
    It is only a year ago I finally decided to go and have a try with a Heljestrand that Iīve had for some decades.
    Experience was quite surprisingly a pleasent one, and for conformation took wet shave from a pro.
    That was the turningpoint with me. No going back.
    Started to learn more and acquire some of these wonderful pieces of history and handicraft.
    One of my first ones was an old and badly treated Bengall and I was a bit confused but fascinated with it.
    Anyways, long story short, here is some Bengalls of mine. A Finn as I am these are very rarely found here, so mostly have gathered one by one from other Nordic countries.
    Due to especially bad lack of spare time havenīt yet done next to nothing with them.
    Just slowly getting myself proper tools and information how to make my way ahead.
    The one with brown softwood scales is the only one of these Iīve tried, yeeessss..
    So, I most humbly wish a call to join The Honorable Bengalls Band of Brothers so on my last moments I could whisper to my descendants:
    "Itīs all in the edge.."
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    Nice set of Bengalls. Go some variety in them too.
    I've got one, but I really need to rehone it since my honing has improved and it hasn't seen a stone in a long time. Look forward to shaving with it again.

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    This, my heathen brothers, shall be my final word on asking the word on me joining the almighty Bengall Band of Brothers, picture of my first Bengall!!
    Begging for Your Acceptance, Yours truly,
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    Here is mine. It really is a great shaver!

    Can someone estimate the year it was manufactured?




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    "Can someone estimate the year it was manufactured? "
    Ok, to do this we'll need some more information. Firstly, what material is the wedge made of: lead or synthetic? Secondly, does the "TR Cadman & Sons" stamp on the other side include the abbreviation "Ld" (for limited)?

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    Thanks for the prompt response. Unfortunately I don't have the razor at hand at the moment. I'll have to look when I get back home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maladroit View Post
    "Can someone estimate the year it was manufactured? "
    Ok, to do this we'll need some more information. Firstly, what material is the wedge made of: lead or synthetic? Secondly, does the "TR Cadman & Sons" stamp on the other side include the abbreviation "Ld" (for limited)?
    Ld is included in the name and the wedge seems to be synthetic.




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    I think the synthetic wedge puts it after the First World War and the "Ld" puts it after the early twenties. Just when they used "Hand forged" is not clear but I think it's likely to have been in the 30s or even the 40s. In those decades the Gillette company was aggressively marketing in England and started to carve a significant market share, to the detriment of the old Sheffield cutlers like Cadmans. Saying that your product is hand forged is an appeal to respect for craftsmanship; an appeal that failed as the ease of use of the safety razor gradually won over most men. The Sheffield firms had beaten off the challenge from Solingen in the British market but ultimately failed against innovation from America.
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    Thank you for the info!

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