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James Johnson-Double Thumb Notch-Rescaled In Pressed Horn


"Look what I found"
This was found in a box of blades at the flea market. A James Johnson (1818-1853), 6/8 Silver Steel near wedge, sporting a double thumb notch’s but no scales. Other than age funk, it is in respectful condition. I was going to make scales, but decided to look thru my donor draw of sacrificial victims. Glad I did. Another rescue from years ago that I forgot about will make a perfect donor. Someone tried to rescale a meat chopper that was way to big for its shoes and its heel came out past the bottom, ouch. The scales are pressed horn embossed with “silver steel” and “celebrated razor”—— perfect marriage. The usual sanding and polishing to the steel and horn. The scales came out better that I ever expected. Some dry fittings plus a few tweaks to have the blade fall in the center and YEAH BABY!!!



"Look what I found"
Wow that is a perfect match! Very nice!

Now have you shaved with it yet?

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Thank you for your nice words. I have not used it yet. I have a holding pattern for a full progression. It may have to wait until the new year, but I think someone is going to get bumped


"Look what I found"
The transformation of those scales is amazing! And a great match to boot!

Very nice. How did you come to know the date of production?

Wow. Beautiful.

Thank you Gents. There are a few directories or references of makers. These are two I reach for first, especially regarding Sheffield steel

Straight Razor Manufacturers and Dates of Operation

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