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    I recently bought a razor from a local antique shop as it was 3.50 and I could'nt resist! It is marked "KROPP" on one side of the tang and "GROUND IN HAMBURG" on the other. It is a 6/8 extra hollow ground with black synthetic scales. Having cleaned it up and honed it, it gives a very good shave.
    Anyway - can any of you tell me anything about the manufacturer, history, &c.?

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    All I can tell you is that they are AWESOME shavers. They do not get mentioned much but you definitely have a keeper. I for one will never part with mine.

    I am not sure of the make but it sounds like an English company, even though it might say ground in hamburg.
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    Thanks to Amyn, I was introduced to Kropps. So far, it's by far the best shaver I have. Gives super smooth shaves and retains its edge very well. I wish I could tell you more, but this is all I know.
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    Thanks, gents. I have done a bit of Google searching, but all I have been able to find out is that Kropp is indeed a Sheffield company (not German, as I had thought) which was active in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Beyond that I am completely in the dark - this one has me puzzled.

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    The Kropp Manufacturing Company was a London firm that made razors for the UK and world market. Some of their razors were made and ground in Sheffield, some were made in Sheffield and ground in Hamburg. They majored in good quality, everyday razors for everyday guys and succeeded admirably. They also supplied the retail trade and offered a variety of options, mostly engraved blades with the retailer's name on them. All Kropps I have had have been good and one of my prized razors is an 8/8 full hollow grind made by Kropp for Whiteaway Laidlaw & Co. Ltd., Rangoon. You have a good razor, no mistake.

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    I found a 1922 ad for Kropp razors here: 1922 KROPP Straight Edge RAZOR Ad

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueprinciple View Post
    The Kropp Manufacturing Company was a London firm that made razors for the UK and world market. Some of their razors were made and ground in Sheffield, some were made in Sheffield and ground in Hamburg. They majored in good quality, everyday razors for everyday guys and succeeded admirably. They also supplied the retail trade and offered a variety of options, mostly engraved blades with the retailer's name on them. All Kropps I have had have been good and one of my prized razors is an 8/8 full hollow grind made by Kropp for Whiteaway Laidlaw & Co. Ltd., Rangoon. You have a good razor, no mistake.
    Would you be so kind as to add this to the Wiki. There is definately a growing amount of information about a lot of these companies. Just two or three years ago there wasn't much at all. Now with so many people researching, more and more is being discovered.
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    i love my Kropp! it really is a great look peice and shaves great!

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    Wow I just bought my first razor unfortunately I sorted of winged it so I was not sure what I had. I am beyond excited to know that I purchased a highly rated razor and I can not wait to use it. Also glad to know that it says ground in hamburg. I could barely read it.
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    Short of some hidden crack you have a Bargain

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