A Peek into the History of the Cut Throat Razor

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Razors, also known as straight or open razors, are traditional single-blade folding razors held by a stem. There is a slot in the razor handle for installing the blade safely after use. Although electric shavers and safety razors have now replaced them, razors are still the rage among men who prefer this method of manual shaving.

In North America, Europe and Asia, especially in Japan, there are manufacturers who still produce razors. Using straight razors requires considerable experience for improvement and damage. You need to be careful when using straight razors, as the wrong move can lead to multiple cuts when shaving, hence the name fierce.

Let’s go back in time and look at the history of the razor and what has changed since their invention.

Cut Throat Razor

In the past, in the 1500s and 1600s, these razors were very simple without the name of any manufacturer or any brand. In fact, they almost resemble small axes and may have been made by local blacksmiths. The cut throat razors made during this period, were predecessors of razors which we see today.

In 1680, the manufacturer in Sheffield, England, became the first to list narrow and folded razors. Both the handle and the blade were wedge-shaped, and the blade in the rod was narrower than the hinge. For the manufacture of mango materials were used: wood, horn, ivory, bone and tortoise shell.

The process of making these blades evolved significantly in 1740, when Benjamin Hunstman created razor blades with decorated handles. Hollow grounding blades were made of molten steel using a process that he himself invented. French and European manufacturers adopted this process much later. On some razors that were made before 1830, there were the words “molten steel” or “guarantee” to show that they were made using the material that Benjamin Hunstman invented.

Sheffield steel or Sheffield steel is still used by the French manufacturer Thiers Issard. It is a steel that is highly polished and known for its bright and deep finish. Although the razors of those days seem a little damp compared to today’s razors, they certainly were an innovative product at one time.

Between 1820 and 1830, the discovery of silver by Michael Faraday changed the look of the metal. Approximately 0.02% of silver was added to 99.98% of the steel used to make the blade. At about the same time, in 1825, hollow grinding was introduced. The razors made by the British during this period had a monarch sign.

The razor cut led to additional improvements in the blade and metal, which was held during shaving or “tone” between 1830 and 1840. Tang acquired a personality and form in itself. The blades were engraved and chiseled, and the molten steel was replaced with silver steel. The handles and horn handles were inscribed with slogans such as “Famous razor” and “Old English” on the blades.