Straight Razors/Accessories

In the mid-1700’s, Sheffield, England was the centre of the cutlery industry. Benjamin Huntsman is credited with the invention of the true modern razor. He used a special crucible process to produce steel with superior hardness, able to retain a thinner edge. This time period saw the rise of Sheffield “Silver Steel” called silver steel for its lustre and shine, not because it contained any silver. Silver steel was invented by Michael Faraday in the early 1800’s. The shine was actually due to the higher carbon concentration. During this time period through the 19th century, the modern razor scales also came into being.

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