George Wostenholm was one of the premier straight razor manufacturers in Sheffield England during it’s reign as the cutlery center of the world. They employed some of the finest craftsman and used the best steels of the time. Today’s mass manufacturers of straight razors have yet to replicate their quality.
This is a “Celebrated IXL” straight razor from the Washington Works in Sheffield, England. This razor features a square point and a hollow grind. The tail is a shorter and thinner version than what is most commonly seen, reflecting the fashion of the period. The scales are made from black horn and are almost as old as the razor itself. The original scales were replaced many years ago back when the razor was new. Someone’s name is carved into the scales. A great piece of history.