Assembled perhaps sometime during the early 1900s, this straight razor belonged to the grandfather of the artifact’s donor. Writing this as a female individual, it is hard to believe ever having used such a thing, but even harder to imagine someone having used this razor knowing what is available today. Turns out, though, men started using this style of razor in the 1600s and it was still ongoing in the 1900s, so I guess it must have been fairly safe – or maybe it was easy enough to learn the trick to shaving! I can only imagine watching someone attempt to use one of these and the next thing you know a gash appearing right across their cheek!
This straight razor came to us in this stylish, yet still masculine, maroon case with the trademark, “The Clauss Shear Works, Fremont Ohio, USA”, during the 1970s. A company started in the late 1800s by two german brothers, it quickly developed into much more. Starting with only five employees and a handful of products to be manufactured, the company merged with Henkel Company in 1919 to form Henkel-Clauss. The merged company had more than 1,000 employees and the largest payroll in the United States in 1919.
The blades, like anything else with a metal edge, work best when they are sharp. Apparently, the only way one could cut themselves is if they were moving the blade in the same parallel fashion as the blade itself sits. Even though this may be true, I don’t know if I would trust someone else, or even myself to place that – very sharp – blade near my face!
Do you have or know anyone that has one of these razor blades? Better yet, do you still use a blade like this?!