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    I acquired this razor from an antique dealer. It is fairly old, I think late 1700s or thereabout. It says Acier Fondu on the tang and its hallmark consists of what I think is an old pipe with an arrow. Does anyone know who made it? I'll try an post a picture to clarify. Thanks
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    Nice looking razor. IIRC, Acier Fondu would translate to cast steel.

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    What a beauty! I believe that is an early George Wostenholm razor. Be proud to own that :-)

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    Very nice and old blade, that was made by George Johnson. Congrats. And Welcome to SRP.
    Identification help needed
    Acier Fondu(cast steel) stamp was used till about 1820.
    Alex Ts.

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    There ya go see above post

    The stamp is definitely in French, meaning cast or crucible steel.
    Last edited by onimaru55; 10-24-2011 at 07:31 AM.
    You're welcome to my advice.... I never use it anyway.



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    Stamp "acier fondu"(cast steel) was used by different Sheffield makers and others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by manah View Post
    Very nice and old blade, that was made by George Johnson. Congrats. And Welcome to SRP.
    Identification help needed
    Acier Fondu(cast steel) stamp was used till about 1820.
    Thanks for the identification! You are well renowned for your expertize with razor identification and history!

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    Just out of my own inexperienced curiosity...is a razor that old actually usable? Can it be rehabbed and honed after all these years? I know old steel is still very usable (I use a 1930's era razor myself) but I wonder if something that old just reaches a point where it's a display piece.

    I imagine it could be used if you could clean it up reasonably well. I also imagine you wouldn't want to put new scales on it or do too much in the way of restoration. It is very attractive looking though...do you plan on using it?

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    is a razor that old actually usable?
    Yes, of course. Why not?
    Need the correct honing and the razor can be usable for a long time in the future.
    Alex Ts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noswad View Post
    Nice looking razor. IIRC, Acier Fondu would translate to cast steel.
    Acier fondu is actually melted steel ,,,, acier mouler is cast steel.......

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