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    A old friend of mine had surprised me today with a gift, take a look at this TANK of a razor:
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    The information gathered thus far:

    "Manufactured
    Wade & Butcher
    Sheffield"

    "The Celebrated
    Hollow Ground Razor
    For Barber Use"

    As well there was a bit of paper in the box...no idea what it's full message was... I'll attach that later, the case for this thing also looks like a mini-coffin.

    Alas, Its going to be a fun one to look up the history of this guy. Any contributions in learning it's history would be greatly appreciated...seesh this thing is ridiculous heavy/huge.

    Thanks for all of your help!

    *EDIT* we found a bit of paper at the bottom of the case, any Sherlock Holmes out there care to help crack what is being said?
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    W & B's are great razors, send that out for restoration, and when you get it back it'll be one of your all time favorite razors!
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    Nice, IIRC Robert Doyle's "Collecting Straight Razors" say that the 'meat chopper' For Barber's Use were made circa 1850s to about the 1870s. I have a couple and they make good shavers.
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    Wish I had a friend like that.

    THAT is a way cool old razor AND a wonderful friend.

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    Here is the Case:
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    Here is the Comb:
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    Lastly The bit of paper that doesn't quite make sense, any help here would be greatly appreciated, I haven't found anything yet with the searches performed.... Attachment 93159 Attachment 93160

    Thank you all for your help, I'll be happy to see this thing put back into service!

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    You should shake hand with our friend again!

    W&B 'For Barbers Use' is a kind of a dream razor, I like it very much and still searcing for one!

    Wish good shaves with them!

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    I have and have had a number of these monsters. They are great! I have one that I dont think was ever used.
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    Can't be positive from photos, but I bet that razor will look A LOT better with just metal polish. I have seen blades with similar looking rust/gunk on them, and it's usually just on the surface and leaves little if any staining.

    If you don't have any metal polish, just try buffing it with a cloth.
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