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    I've come across an interesting surgical straight razor online, but it is the only example I can find. It is incredibly frustrating, lol.

    So it is a Wocher, and as far as I can tell, all markings are on the metal scales, not the razor. When I try searching, either here or the interwebz as a whole, the only results returned are for medical instrument catalogs. So I know, vaguely, why this razor exists: as part of a suite of instruments doctors could buy. I just don't know who/where?

    Anyway. There is an interesting feature that caught my eye. It looks like some sort of locking mechanism, but can't be sure without having it in my hands.

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    What do you guys think? Any ideas or further information about it?

    Thanks in advance for your thoughtful responses!
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    No extra information, but I agree it looks like some sort of lock. Interesting find!

    Do you have a picture of the whole blade?

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    Did you try looking up museums that specialize in medical and surgical equipment? If I remember correctly there is a shop in NYC that was featured in a short TV run that had all sorts of medical curiosities. They seemed quite knowledgeable.

    If I had spotted that on eBay I would have snapped it up immediately, just for the curiosity factor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ernie1980 View Post
    No extra information, but I agree it looks like some sort of lock. Interesting find!

    Do you have a picture of the whole blade?
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    Did you try looking up museums that specialize in medical and surgical equipment? If I remember correctly there is a shop in NYC that was featured in a short TV run that had all sorts of medical curiosities. They seemed quite knowledgeable.

    If I had spotted that on eBay I would have snapped it up immediately, just for the curiosity factor
    Starting price on it is $25. Of which, my budget doesn't currently have room for, especially if it reaches much higher than the starting price. And then there is getting SWMBO to be okay with the purchase. Personally, I'm not sure I can even justify the price to myself for an unknown razor, age and condition aside. 'Tis a bit of a pickle for me lol.
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    I can only surmise that it is a locking mechanism to keep the scales from moving. There is probably a hole (maybe two holes) in the tang to lock the blade open or closed. You may notice that the slide is a ramp which will lever the smaller pin up when pushed forward.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wirm View Post
    I can only surmise that it is a locking mechanism to keep the scales from moving. There is probably a hole (maybe two holes) in the tang to lock the blade open or closed. You may notice that the slide is a ramp which will lever the smaller pin up when pushed forward.
    I forgot, I had a second theory as to the function of this design feature. Considering that it is a surgical SR, it might also be possible that the slide is designed to allow the razor to be easily disassembled for cleaning, like "field stripping" a gun. Just a thought .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crawler View Post
    I forgot, I had a second theory as to the function of this design feature. Considering that it is a surgical SR, it might also be possible that the slide is designed to allow the razor to be easily disassembled for cleaning, like "field stripping" a gun. Just a thought .
    Exactly my thoughts Crawler.

    I just looked on Ebay, there are many Wertz Military razors out of Bulgaria, German made but not the same takedown/locking devices on them. there were internal slide locks like a switchblade. Also No Wocher's
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    May be the camera angle, but it looks like a microtome to me. The grinds appear different on either side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wullie View Post
    May be the camera angle, but it looks like a microtome to me. The grinds appear different on either side.
    Hmmm... you may be correct. It is, after all a surgical SR. I think I noticed that, but also didn't notice it, before.

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    And for the record, I had to get some help from Wikipedia to know what a microtome was. Though I was aware of SR use in scientific sectioning. ...Knowledge is power!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FAL View Post
    Exactly my thoughts Crawler.

    I just looked on Ebay, there are many Wertz Military razors out of Bulgaria, German made but not the same takedown/locking devices on them. there were internal slide locks like a switchblade. Also No Wocher's
    Just saw your edit. That's why I turned here for info. My attempts to find other examples of SRs by this maker were all a bust. Didn't see any on the pages from the Wocher catalogs that came up in image searches, either!

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