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    Default Hello Mr. Wizard :<0)

    I picked this up because it is obviously so dangerous looking :<0) I haven't tried it yet and really not sure how far I will get before blood comes. I wasn't sure how it worked until it hit my workbench, even after chatting with the seller. There was no blade in it in the listing. The handle unscrews and the 2 pieces open to reveal a double edge blade. The blade bends very easy and a lot. I mean look how much is sticking out, yikes !

    The backside was pretty rough but it says,

    Pat. Jan. 8 1924
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    Ericsson Screw Mach. Products Co.

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    What do you think ? The first shavette ? Made for something other than shaving ? Scary little bugger.
    Should I try to use it ?? Hope it doesn't scar me !
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    Looks like a frameback with disposable blades, dont be a pansy, shave with it
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    Might be a scraper after googling "wizard razor blade holder" a link to an old ebay sale came up, thought the handle was on the long side oposite the blade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edhewitt View Post
    Might be a scraper after googling "wizard razor blade holder" a link to an old ebay sale came up, thought the handle was on the long side oposite the blade.
    That was my first thought when I saw it. Although the handle suggests a safety razor, I think it more likely a cutting or scraping tool. An early box cutter.
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    I saw some ads for Wizard circa 1909. The ad depicts a handle for stropping DE and SE blades which looks like the device in 10pups picture. Not sure if it is, but it would make sense.
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    That was for stropping old DE blades, Pups! I would not attempt a shave with it!
    It did clean up nicely!
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    That is really cool. Makes sense that someone would have come up with a stropper for DE blades. I would have to try that out, stropping I mean, just to see if it did any good.
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    Very interesting definitely! I did think it was a different type of razor to shave with. That's great to know that it was for stropping the blades...kind of gives you a sense of the dilemma archaeologists face when trying to figure out what stuff thousands or hundreds of years old was used for.

    Cool!
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    With the price of DE blades these days it would be interesting to see just how long you could make one go. I have a little hone for DE blades, similar to a barbers hone. Between that and the stropper you might get a year out of one of those pricey little blades. (sorry my tongue in cheek font is broken)
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    Maybe a tongue-in-cheek emoticon.
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