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What do I have?

Postby Byrd » Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:44 pm

A friend was working an estate sale and these razors didn't sell so he gave them to me. I know nothing about razors so your input would be appreciated!

The black one is marked Manufactured by Wade and Butch F.F. Sheffield. The Butch might not be right as the stamp is faint. It's handle appears to be horn.

The yellow one is etched The Electric Cutler Newark. It's handle has carvings of some kind of animals and trees. I don't know what the handle is. Could it be ivory?
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Re: What do I have?

Postby treefarmer » Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:13 pm

Byrd, the name is Wade and Butcher and sometimes they are pricey. There are some fellers on the forum that know all about straight razors, hopefully one will come by and enlighten you. :)
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Re: What do I have?

Postby Byrd » Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:19 pm

I could see that since you mentioned the name. Butcher has the e & r a bit worn so it looks like an f f.
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Re: What do I have?

Postby Gunsil » Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:45 pm

I like the Electric one, is it for sale?? Most of these handles are celluloid or "french ivory", I don't think anybody can tell by your photos whether it is real ivory or celluloid. Could we see a photo of the front of the Electric?

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Re: What do I have?

Postby Colonel26 » Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:30 am

Very nice old razors. They ought to clean right up and shave well.
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Re: What do I have?

Postby Byrd » Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:57 am

Here's a pic of the front of the Electric Cutler. On the tang is a faint etch of the word Nordic.
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Re: What do I have?

Postby knife7knut » Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:24 pm

Would need a real good closeup of the handle but it looks to me like it is celluloid made to look like bone Nice razors though.
The W&B looks like the handle is either black composition or gutta percha.
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Re: What do I have?

Postby Byrd » Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:31 pm

Here are a couple more pics of the Electric. Perhaps that'll help identify the material the handle is made from?
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Re: What do I have?

Postby Owd Wullie » Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:23 pm

You hit a home run. Both are nice, restorable, usable razors. The Wade & Butcher looks to be a 6/8 or possibly a 7/8. That denotes the blade width in eighths of an inch. Probably made 1870/1890. Nice heavy razor. Scales are most likely buffalo horn.

The Electric Cutlery is an American made razor. That style is known as a "faux frame back" nowadays. Once again, nice blade. Looks to be a 5/8 which for some strange reason, the majority of American made razors were produced as. Handles/scales look to be celluloid.

Neither is particularly expensive or rare, however, they are very nice older razors to slightly clean up, hone and saw whiskers with if you are of such a mind. If you decide to go that route, send them to someone that knows how to hone a razor. I've seen very nice razors ruined by clowns with belt sanders and no damn clue as to what they are doing and no idea of how sharp a razor has to be to give a good shave.

I'm on here about once a month for a few minutes, so I can't be a whole lot of help for you. I do know how to hone razors and can occasionally be talked into it.
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Re: What do I have?

Postby carrmillus » Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:55 pm

Owd Wullie wrote:You hit a home run. Both are nice, restorable, usable razors. The Wade & Butcher looks to be a 6/8 or possibly a 7/8. That denotes the blade width in eighths of an inch. Probably made 1870/1890. Nice heavy razor. Scales are most likely buffalo horn.

The Electric Cutlery is an American made razor. That style is known as a "faux frame back" nowadays. Once again, nice blade. Looks to be a 5/8 which for some strange reason, the majority of American made razors were produced as. Handles/scales look to be celluloid.

Neither is particularly expensive or rare, however, they are very nice older razors to slightly clean up, hone and saw whiskers with if you are of such a mind. If you decide to go that route, send them to someone that knows how to hone a razor. I've seen very nice razors ruined by clowns with belt sanders and no damn clue as to what they are doing and no idea of how sharp a razor has to be to give a good shave.

I'm on here about once a month for a few minutes, so I can't be a whole lot of help for you. I do know how to hone razors and can occasionally be talked into it.

...OW, do you know anything about a MONARCH-(1886-1888)??....this was my grandpa's and dad's razor, but granddad was born in 1892, so it has to have been my great grandfathers razor!!...it's a lot older than I thought, but that's all the info I can find in my "GOIN'S" book?????.................... ::tu:: ...........

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Re: What do I have?

Postby Owd Wullie » Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:47 pm

carrmillus wrote:...OW, do you know anything about a MONARCH-(1886-1888)??....this was my grandpa's and dad's razor, but granddad was born in 1892, so it has to have been my great grandfathers razor!!...it's a lot older than I thought, but that's all the info I can find in my "GOIN'S" book?????.................... ::tu:: ...........


Seem to recall seeing that name but am unfamiliar with it's origins. What little research I just did, it appears to be of German origin and may have been a brand carried by Simmons Hardware.
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Re: What do I have?

Postby carrmillus » Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:58 pm

.....thanks, OW,..since my grandfather was born in 1888, this has to be my great grandfather's razor!!, which makes it even more valuable to me!!!................. ::tu:: ::groove:: ::groove:: ::tu:: ::tu:: .......................

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Re: What do I have?

Postby jerryd6818 » Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:12 pm

Good to "see" ya Willie. I hope retirement is treating you well.

Byrd, now there's a guy that knows his razors. He abandoned us for razors but is still well respected on the forum.
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Re: What do I have?

Postby Colonel26 » Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:29 pm

I’ll second that. Thanks to Byrd and Willie’s knowledge the Wade and Butcher now resides at my house. Now to get that edge tuned up!
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Re: What do I have?

Postby Byrd » Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:21 am

Wade, to have to report back and let us know how good a shave you get with it! ::ds::
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