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    Hey guys. First off I'm a beard guy so sorry in advance for not knowing anything about shaving. I discovered a box of my grandpas old straight razors while helping clean out my mom's basement and wondered if anyone could provide any info on these. I'm interested to know if they're worth anything. For what its worth, grandpa was born in 1913

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    RAZOR: Colonial Razor - Warranted, Remastered - Germany


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    CASE: W.R. Case & Sons -Bradford, PA
    RAZOR: W.H. Morley & Sons - Clover Brand - Germany

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    CASE: W.S. Brown "Special"
    RAZOR: J.A. Henkels #84 - Solingen, Germany

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    CASE: Ross W. Black - Pittsburgh, PA
    RAZOR: Ross W. Black #99 - Germany

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    CASE: Unmarked, felt
    RAZOR: WEDGE (no other markings)

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    Our rules prohibit any discussion of values , or future values after repair and honing. Not even a hint of value is allowed.
    You can research on eBay where you may find what you are looking for.

    Otherwise welcome to the forum. I am sure some members may give you manufacturing info on what you have.
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    Nothing shaves like an heirloom razor.
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    Check Strazors.com
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    An heirloom is very special & you acquiring those is a gift! Your grandpa made some good choices in the straights you have there but any value is prohibited like Bob mentioned which is why I'm sure one thread was recently removed. Any values can be discussed via pm but you can also look on eBay as previously mentioned but some, if they are buy it now listings, are usually overpriced. IMO, I would get those professionally honed if you can't hone yet & use them on very special occasions because I have seen too many threads or posts where someone had an heirloom & accidentally bumped it on the faucet or it may have slipped from their hands breaking, cracking or chipping the blade which will be very disappointing. You can sometimes find a replacement & use the blade from it but it will never be the same. I do hope you have some other straights as well for everyday shaving which you won't be afraid if you have an accident which happens. We never do it intentionally, it just things do happen when you are usually trying to avoid doing so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qovneob View Post
    Hey guys. First off I'm a beard guy so sorry in advance for not knowing anything about shaving. I discovered a box of my grandpas old straight razors while helping clean out my mom's basement and wondered if anyone could provide any info on these. I'm interested to know if they're worth anything. For what its worth, grandpa was born in 1913
    ...as knowledge is relatively easy to acquire, yet there is still so much more that I do not know than that which I do know.

    Now, for your razors. In terms of monetary value, I would not get my hopes up: these are relatively common workhorse razors. They seem to be in decent shape with some wear and thus, by all means, usable. They seem like decent, no frills shavers.

    As heirlooms however, they are invaluable: your grandfather obviously used these on a regular basis, so they offer you a relatively concrete line to your family's past, like tiny selective time machines. But make no mistake, to people who do not have this personal connection to these razors they are old, moderately worn tools. To me, the heirloom factor would outweigh their limited monetary value.
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