I'd venture a guess of 1860s to 1880s for your razor having been forged and ground. But the razor bears many other clues as to its age: The inscriptions on the tang, the general shape of the blade, its size, the style of the tang and tail, the featured design on the face, etc as well as the scales style, pins, spacer, etc. Some people change their preferences to hollow ground razors as they get more experienced, others stick with wedges. However, they do command a price that's a little extreme sometimes. No the blade is in perfect condition no chips at all.
Razors sits snug and centers nicely in the scales. I will try and attach a picture if I can figure out how to. The razor was completely restored however since I decided against a full re-grind as this would have meant losing the original frosted etching there is a small patch of shallow pitting present which is impossible to remove without a re-grind and hereby losing the frosted etching or original grind and a slight amount honewear. I decided for the latter. Pins look like brass, from the green gunk on them.
The blade is still relatively sharp and free of nicks. As to the wedge - it was very subjective. I do think that people think they can buy a better shave - when I mention that technique and a good honing job are so much more important, people sometimes stop listening. Also, it is possible that the weight of the choppers can disguise improper shaving technique a bit. Maybe some would call it a quarter hollow or nearly a wedge, but I think many folks would be comfortable calling it a wedge too.
The prices might be tempting but I can't bring myself to part with any though I've turned down some knee buckling offers. As I like the looks of it, looks different in an interesting way. The majority were in the 10-15 dollar range. I'd like to see it and compare to what I have. The problem I'm having is figuring out exactly what I have. Some people change their preferences to hollow ground razors as they get more experienced, others stick with wedges. ? It was the first razor I ever honed on a coticule, and I love the edge it took.
I honestly don't know if I will use it or not. I think they're decent, dependable razors, but they're otherwise unremarkable. As with anything in this hobby: it's important to find a setup that works for you, irrespective of what other guys say. I love the crazy prices people are willing to pay for them, but other than that, find them completely bland and boring. Currently I have around 25 or so and find they are terrific razors. Is it old, is it good quality, is it worth anything? You might want to put a little oil on it after you do that though. Is the tip of the blade chipped or is that just the lighting? Is it old, is it good quality, is it worth anything? Can anyone help identify what exactly this is, when it was made, what the scales are made of, etc.
If no then it looks to be in good condition for it's age. They are one of the most notorious names in straight razors so I doubt their is much question of quality. Either completely re-grind the razor as to end up with a perfect, like new razor or restore the razor to the best of my ability but leave the original frosting and grind intact. If so, would you please show a photo? There are a lot of them out there, of course, so they're easy to get and collect. I did about 10 laps on my strop with compound, then about 50 laps on my regular strop and she is shave ready.
As with anything in this hobby: it's important to find a setup that works for you, irrespective of what other guys say. They can be fine shavers, but I, too, see nothing remarkable in them. Every razor has some level of grinding. I've had many Wade and Butcher straights over the years. One scale is brown, the other is black, both appear to be wood. I'll take some others later.
I am still a newbie, but I find I prefer the wedges to the hollow ground razors, so that could have been a factor in why I liked it so much. But other than that, have found the prices too tempting to keep. Thanks, Will I think I'm in the minority here. Again if any one can date this thing or has an idea of what something like this is worth it would be awesome. The razor is very clean with no with no rust, cracks, chips, pitting or disturbing stains.