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    I picked this up today at an antique shop downtown. I could be wrong but the scales look non original, maybe someone could chime in here.
    It's a wedge, 6/8 at the toe. W. TAYLOR / X.Q. SITE. It should be an easy clean up and the price was right.

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    People wonder where the time goes, I wonder where it comes from.

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    I have a W. Taylor( XQ SITE )
    great shaver, but I think your right on the scales. Mine are horn, and were in need of some TLC when I got it.
    Nice find.!
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    superb razor...may it serve you well in the years to come
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    This one should not be much of a challenge for you to fix up, it looks like a real gem. Glad you got it for little moola.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterClean View Post
    I picked this up today at an antique shop downtown. I could be wrong but the scales look non original, maybe someone could chime in here.
    It's a wedge, 6/8 at the toe. W. TAYLOR / X.Q. SITE. It should be an easy clean up and the price was right.

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    The scales are definitely not original. The blade is 1850's or so, the scales are 1880-1920 gutta percha/vulcanite/ebonite. Hardened rubber, essentially.

    I wish I could tell you more about W. Taylor, but that is perhaps the least researchable name of any razor I've come across. I've never managed to craft a search query that gets me even remotely close, and of course Taylor is an incredibly common name. You might think that the corporate mark "X Q SITE" would help, but it doesn't. I have several, and I've never been able to figure out who Mr. Taylor was. Probably not a Sheffield producer, but a storekeeper somewhere else.

    There are, unfortunately, a lot of somewheres that aren't Sheffield.
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    That's a fine looking razor Freddie.
    I like patina, which looks nice and even, so it would be a quick clean and a hone in my book.
    Like Mike said, I'm sure it will be a fantastic shaver.
    Congratulations and enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voidmonster View Post
    The scales are definitely not original. The blade is 1850's or so, the scales are 1880-1920 gutta percha/vulcanite/ebonite. Hardened rubber, essentially.

    I wish I could tell you more about W. Taylor, but that is perhaps the least researchable name of any razor I've come across. I've never managed to craft a search query that gets me even remotely close, and of course Taylor is an incredibly common name. You might think that the corporate mark "X Q SITE" would help, but it doesn't. I have several, and I've never been able to figure out who Mr. Taylor was. Probably not a Sheffield producer, but a storekeeper somewhere else.

    There are, unfortunately, a lot of somewheres that aren't Sheffield.
    Could the XQ SITE be an abbreviation for Exquisite? Kind of like IXL for I Excel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterClean View Post
    Could the XQ SITE be an abbreviation for Exquisite? Kind of like IXL for I Excel.
    That's exactly what it is.
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    Great looking blade, excellent find!
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    The W.Taylor deserved a set of horn scales. I didn't go any further than I had to on the clean up, it has a nice patina and it looks right to me.
    My mentor/friend Roy Davis, (cudarunner) helped me with some honing tips that allowed me to get a clean even bevel on a smiling wedge.
    Yippie! Thanks Roy!!!


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