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    Woah.. That shell..........!
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    Here are some more from varied sources, London, unknown, and likely of Germanic origin. Note how the hollowed section extends further back than many of the blades from Sheffield.

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    edit: unknown on top, London middle, Germanic bottom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thaeris View Post
    Woah.. That shell..........!
    Not bad for 200 years old...
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    Both the extended tail and german one are gorgeous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thaeris View Post
    Both the extended tail and german one are gorgeous.
    German one is likely blister steel, and based on some references I have seen could be anywhere from 1500s to early 1700s. I am almost there getting it to a point where at least part of the edge will shave.
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    I've spent lots of time in this thread, and to this day, have yet to be able to find myself a razor from the period, thought I got close with one, but was much later than I thought.

    To this day, will never forget the tortoise scaled 1790 razor I missed out on some years back...one day...beautiful examples gentlemen!
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    Aloha!

    The closest I ever got to a pre-1800 razor was when I was at Colonial Williamsburg, VA last summer.

    I can't remember which home it was in, but I am pretty sure it was in one of the "Pay to See" homes. There was a basin, pitcher, a small bowl (that I assume was for lather?) and a razor that was original to the home in the 1700s. You are obviously not to touch anything, but the temptation to just pick up that razor for a really good look-see was overwhelming. Obviously I kept my emotions at bay.

    There was a barber "store-front" on the main street but no tours through the building were allowed. At least not on the day I was there. too bad. I'd really have enjoyed that. Even though it would mostly be "White Wigs".

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    Here are some more. Six in a period case:

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    A pair in a period case:

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    And a big range of some of the razors (some bleed-over into the 1800s here) that are not the hollowed-spine style.

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    I wish they had a button for "LOVE."
    I have shaved with some of the early razor types and enjoyed the experience. No heel but I have no fancy fuzz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScienceGuy View Post
    Compared here with another Harwood.

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    Well, that is very nice!

    Of course, as you know, the "The Universal British Directory Vol. 4", published between 1795-8, lists Harwood & Co. Sheffield,
    they are not listed in 1774 Sketchley's, 1881 Bailey's or 1787 Gales & Martin Directories, so this razor still could be made between 1787 & 1795-'98. It is tight, but it just could fall in the time period of the "Dip-at-toe" (<1790) & very much possible to be 18th century!

    Beautiful, beautiful razors!
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