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  1. Joseph Westby, Sheffield.

    by , 01-06-2012 at 04:18 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by manah View Post
    Joseph Westby, Sheffield in ivory.

    The founder of the company was the son of William Westby, who was a manager and then
    partner at Brookes & Crookes. Joseph was apprenticed at the factory.
    He was listed as a maker of knives in his own right at Atlantic Works between 1876 and 1888.
  2. Little Valley Knife Association.

    by , 01-06-2012 at 02:40 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by manah View Post
    Welcome to SRP.
    To identify your razor isn't so difficult.
    Little Valley Knife Association was founded by Herbert E. Crandall in 1900, Little Valley, New York.
    On November 7, 1903 H.E. Crandall purchased property in Bradford, Pennsylvania.
    In about 1905, they became Crandall Cutlery Co.
    From the W. R. Case & Sons history:
    1905: Crandall Cutlery Co. is incorporated as a manufacturing company in Bradford, Pennsylvania.
    1912: W. R. Case &
  3. Old stropping technique

    by , 01-04-2012 at 08:00 AM
    Some of us have seen this one before. Old timey barbers used this drill to teach the delicate art of stropping. Give it a try.....

    Get a 2 inch bull clip at the office supply store and attach a 2 inch by 20 inch piece of newspaper. If the paper tears, use two strips of newspaper. Three or more strips is cheating but try to do it with one strip of newspaper. Tie it to a nail, hook or a doorknob and strop a sharp razor without cutting or tearing the paper. Then strop a freshly honed razor ...

    by , 12-28-2011 at 05:00 PM

    Here is my personal opinion about the proper way to turn the razor on the strop.

    Two barbers back in the 1960's told me that I should strop with my thumb on the corner of the tang. And some wrist turning is OK.

    They also told me that if I wrap my little finger and my ring finger lightly around the handle, it would help me turn [manipulate] the razor with very little wrist turning. Those two fingers on the handle give me more ...
  5. Happy Holiday's

    , 12-16-2011 at 02:20 AM
    First off, I'd like to take this opportunity to say "Happy Holiday's to everyone. This time of year brings much welcomed cooler weather to the Sunshine state. I wrote a blog back in August about making some paddles. Big mistake when your shop is also your garage. Waaaaay too hot in August to attempt such a project. Maybe now with the cooler weather that will happen.

    I was looking around Target and Wal Mart recently for some plastic storage boxes for the majority of my razors not ...
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