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    Default Ever seen a ground frameback ? O_o

    Hey guys,

    this one is a new one for me







    So, according to a testimony of the time (press article on the Universal Exposition of 1967), Picault made a killing by making framebacks, which were far less expensive in terms of costs of materials.
    But clearly, what we know as a frameback is a very thin piece of metal in a metal frame, something which needs absolulty no grinding in my understanding.

    But here, the piece of metal is 1/16 thick, and therefore, ground. It's quite flabbergasting, a first in my experience.
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    I have seen pictures of Japanese frame back razors that had blades thick enough to have been ground, I do not recall ever seeing one that old or not Japanese made. Cool find.
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    I have a Mappin Brothers that is a wedge grind instead of the usual thin blade like my Gilchrist and J.R. Torrey.
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    So after a bit of diving I discovered that it was a patented technique elaborated by Picault.

    He would use soft cast steel for the frame, and melted steel to make plates 1/16 thick, as large as they were long, would press cut it, press stamp it, and shove it it the frame. He would them ground them just like a regular razor because trying to grind them like a rattler would be too difficult and with varying results.

    That way he obtained razors that, according to testimony, performed better than rattlers for a fraction of the price of a regular razor.
    They were deemed quite qualitative by the peers of the time.

    Oh, in case you wonder, the scales have been certified as tortoise

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    Many English (mid 19th Elliot, Rodgers, W&B....) and even some French (Empire era - Mauguin, Charles ...) framebacks were "mini" wedges

    two types of framebacks: Englis with back added and french with blade added
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    Ok. I stand corrected then. Thanks for the heads up Altus

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