The first and only extensive collection of articles about razors, selected
from more than a decade of KNIFE WORLD issues (1982-1993). This book contains 72 articles and approximately 300 photographs
featuring both straight and safety razors, hones, strops, blades, blade banks, and other barberiana. An invaluable reference for the razor collector and cutlery enthusiast.
Reviewed by Ron Stewart
"If it's got a blade, I collect it!" In the early seventies, this macho
remark was often heard at knife shows and shop meets. Indeed, it was true
of many blade accumulators of that day. Knives were becoming hot, price
guides and information was scarce and values were often set by the "story"
that was supplied by the trader. The serious knife trader/collector was
easily identified because he carried his stock in a red, green or blue
velvet lined knife roll which, when opened, impressively displayed his
collection to the lusting eyes of all who were gathered around. More often
than not, when you looked over the collection, there were two or three eye
catching straight razors stuck in the edge pockets of the roll. These were
always valuable because "It's the one grandpa owned" or "It came from the
estate of General Fudbuster." However, precious little additional
information was known about them.
Over the years, knife collecting grew and razor collecting followed. Most
good knife collections contained a few straight razors. Almost every knife
show had at least one dealer with a pretty good supply of razors. From time
to time there would be an auction of the estate of a well known razor
collector. Publications like Knife World printed articles about them
several times a year. Most cutlery price guides had a chapter about them. A
few books were even published just about razor collecting. Over the years
interest in razor collecting did grow. With that interest has grown a need
(if not a demand) for information about razors.
When a need exists, someone will step forward to fill it. Such is the case
with the book "The Razor Anthology." Over the past two or three years,
there has been an increasing demand for information on the history of
straight razors. Shaving memorabilia, razors, barber supplies etc. have
become sought after collectibles. While selecting articles for the third
edition of "The Best of Knife World", the folks at the paper realized that
there were a lot of articles in their files which dealt with razors. There
were enough, they discovered, for an independent book on the subject.
The resulting book contains the reprint of seventy-two articles which were
printed in Knife World over the past several years. The authors of these
articles are certainly easily recognized by anyone who has even a casual
interest in razors. They include Phillip Krumholz, Kurt Moe, Ben Meyers,
John Reinschreiber, Robert K. Waits, Richard White and Mark Zalesky.
The subjects of the articles range from "Honing in on a Collecting
Specialty" to "Santas and Shaving Stuff." There are many, many articles on
particular companies, their histories and their contributions to shaving.
The study of this kind of information allows the collector to become
knowledgeable and to build his collection on a firmer foundation.
If you are an avid reader of Knife World and have been for the past twelve
to fifteen years, you probably won't find much in this book that you
haven't seen before. However, if you are not like the guy who reads it once
and retains it forever, you need to seriously look at this book. Here, at
your finger tips, in one volume, is the best collection of articles that I
have seen on razor collecting. After you have read it, it needs to be
placed on your bookshelf along with your other cutlery reference books.
As cutlery collectors, we should all be on the lookout for opportunities to
expand our interests. This book will be a valuable resource for anyone
entertaining thoughts of venturing into razor collecting.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
|Honing in on a Collecting Specialty
|Straight Razors and Accessories
||Razors of the Bowie Men
|Copper Pins with Nickel Collars
|George W. Korn Patents
||Shaped Razor Handles
|Rollerback Razor Co. Part I
||Rollerback Razor Co. Part II
||The Phenomenal Spike
|Tally Ho Razors
||Case Brothers Tested XX
||Clauss Cutlery Razors
||Electric Cutlery Razors
|Farwell Ozmun Kirk & Co.
|Geneva's Genco Razors
||Gibford's Shaving Devices
|Griffon XX Razors
||Heinr Boker & Co.
|Lakeside Cutlery Co.
||Robeson Cutlery Razors
||Slayton Razor and Knife
|Torrey Razor Co.
||Van Camp Hardware
|Vom Cleff & Co. Inc.
||Wostenholm & Sons Frameback
|Geo. Wostenholm & Sons
||Kriss Kross Razors
|Razors and Accessories
|Windmill Pattern Razors
||Wedge Blades and Lathercatchers
|Are They Really Razors?
||Automatic Razor Strokes
|Blades and Banks
||Collins Rotary Razor
|Collins Safety Razor
||The Eureka Patents?
|That's Korn not "Corn" Razor!
||The NRA Eagle Emblem 1933-1935
|Safety Razors for Women
|T. Noonan & Sons Co.
||The Detroit Razormaker
|Unsinger Patent Safety Razors
||Clark Blade & Razor Co.
|Durham Duplex Razor
|That Other GIllette Part I
||That Other GIllette Part II
|Metal Gillette Razors Part I
||Metal Gillette Razors Part II
|Gillette's Office Knife
||Jacob Schick's Safety Razor
|Wade & Butcher
||Star Safety Razor Part I
|Star Safety Razor Part II
||Ward and Yale Safety Razors
|Kampfe Bros. Catalogue 1906
||Santas and Shaving Stuff
||Razor or Fountain Pen?
The Razor Anthology
a collection of KNIFE WORLD articles by various authors
Softcover, 246 pp.
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