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    Red face my first Greaves

    Picked up this Greaves yesterday while on my travels at my favorite Antique shop for $10.00. The blade is in good condition, though there is a bit of hone wear...nothing terrible. Minimal rust, and just some grime that I need to continue to try to buff out. The scales are obviously homemade. I may replace them, or try to sand them down a bit and try and salvage them. Someone put some time into making these scales, and thought they didn't do a good job, I'd like to see if I can improve on their work if possible. Honestly, I'm trying to make my first set of scales, and I'm not sure I could do much better! Anyway, The scales appear to be old. Excited about my first Greaves- should shave well.

    I took a close-up of the tang for age identification. Can anyone assist me here, or point me in the right direction here at SRP where I can find out roughly how old this razor is? Thanks!

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    Look on strazors.com there is info. Real nice catch.

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    Sweet find! Have some similar homemade looking wood scales on my old James Barlow. Took some 0000 steel wool and Flitz and buffed them up a little and they look nice.

    Like you, I think about the possible time and effort someone took many years ago to keep their razor usable and if possible I try to keep it as is.

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Size:  28.5 KBNice straight! I have a W. Greaves & Sons 6/8" near wedge that does not have Sheffield or England on it Just Sheaf Works. Got to get some scales made for this great old blade!

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    Sorry for the bad Pics. Will get some better ones in a bit. I like those scales. A re pin would be the only thing i would do & might not even do that.

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    William Greaves started Sheaf Works in 1823 & they went on until 1831 so it is most likely from the late 1820's or early 1830's. William Greaves died in 1830. There is a lot of information in my Sheffield Directory but if you go to the main SRP page & look at the bottom, Zak did an article on them or the link is right here:

    Straight Razor Place - A brief history of William Greaves & Sons

    I have a few Greaves, some earlier Greaves razors & some later.
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    Nice catch. In addition to the wood scales it looks like it was reground at some point. Can you post a picture that shows the grind?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeJay View Post
    Nice catch. In addition to the wood scales it looks like it was reground at some point. Can you post a picture that shows the grind?
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    Quote Originally Posted by engine46 View Post
    William Greaves started Sheaf Works in 1823 & they went on until 1831 so it is most likely from the late 1820's or early 1830's. William Greaves died in 1830. There is a lot of information in my Sheffield Directory but if you go to the main SRP page & look at the bottom, Zak did an article on them or the link is right here:

    Straight Razor Place - A brief history of William Greaves & Sons

    I have a few Greaves, some earlier Greaves razors & some later.
    The company dissolved in 1850. By shape that is most likely not an early 1830s razor, but later. It has definitely seen some grinding wheels after being made.
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    Well, I honed it up and shaved with it yesterday. Wow, what a nice smooth shave. Probably a combination of good steel and my progress at honing in general. The razor didn't skip at all, and zero irritation to my skin. A top favorite razor in my collection now...

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