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    The blade came out of the scales for cleaning and some glamor shots:

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    Unfortunately the rest of the etch is still nearly invisible. I am pretty certain it has letters near the center of the blade, though smaller letters than Martin's "Fine India Steel" image. It's really a massive blade: 1/4" at the spine and right about at the 15/16" mark even after the hone wear. Any ideas on when it was made? I'm thinking 1860 - 1870...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin103 View Post
    Well im hoping that with cleaning you will be able to reveal the etching on your razor. That said it fairy reminds me of this etching?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin103 View Post
    Well im hoping that with cleaning you will be able to reveal the etching on your razor. That said it fairy reminds me of this etching?
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    Martin strikes again! I swear you've had something useful to say/post on every thread that I've read lately lol. Are you human? I suspect you have some supernatural gifts.
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    If indeed it is a "Fine India Steel" razor, is there any way to tell from the blade itself? Is this really different steel from the average W&B? Is 1860-1870 the right time period? Tough questions, I know...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rexcarolus View Post
    If indeed it is a "Fine India Steel" razor, is there any way to tell from the blade itself? Is this really different steel from the average W&B? Is 1860-1870 the right time period? Tough questions, I know...
    Well the "Fine India Steel" is referred to for "Wootz high quality steel" that said i believed it was a marketing rather then really using steel from India, your dating seems right to me as well, Enjoy and dont worry about steel quality its a high quality razor.
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    I have seen Wade & Butchers and have a Jackson that have a "Magnum Bonum" inscription/etch on the top half of the blade, with cartouches, but it was only the top half.

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    Patience is key! I found it! So this is the "Silver Steel Razor" etching!
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    Well done my friend =] it feels good when you finally figure something out like that lol
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