|GEORGE. WOSTENHOLM & SON'S - I-XL- SHEFFIELD - 13/16 - RE-GRIND
This is a beautiful near wedge Sheffield steel vintage razor from George Wostenholm and son's in excellent condition. It dates from before 1847 as this is a Rockingham Works (1694 - 1847). Basically the razor must be minimum 165 years old and more. My guess is around 175 - 185 years or older.
The razor was completely restored with a total re-grind, preserving the original near wedge grind. All blemishes and pitting are gone except on a very small part of the tang's engraving as it would have meant losing everything. It's very minor and it's mostly grouped around the 'works' from 'Rockingham Works'.
Pictures don't even do this razor justice so the buyer will just have to take my word for it.
The custom made scales are M3 Mokume Gane Cobaltium tapered with a G10 hunter orange wedge. The Mokume Gane is made of 95% real metal that has been atomized down to the molecular level and combined with special chemical binders. M3 stands for "Macro Molecular Metal".
The blade measures 13/16
Grind: Near Wedge - nice subtle smiling spine and edge
Total weight: 3.0 oz
Total cutting edge: 3.0 inches
Hardware: Silver nickel pins. Stainless steel and brass washers
On the front shank it says: George Wostenholm & Sons I-XL - Celebrated razor - Rockingham Works - Sheffield
Extremely beautiful condition and example of at least a 165 years old George Wotenholm I-XL wedge straight razor.
George Wostenholm & Son:
Rockingham Works 1694 - 1848
Washington Works 1848 - 1890
This company manufactured "Bowie type knifes amongst other kinds of cutlery and goods in other metals. Table, Butcher, Bowie, Shoe & Farriers knives, Erasers, Razors and Scissors. They were known for the famous original "Pipe" razors.