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Wester Bros. Anchor Brand “Manganese” Steel Vintage Straight Razor 5/8


Manufacturer: Wester Bros. Solingen
Distributed by: Wester Bros., New York
Country: Solingen, Germany
Blade: 5/8
Metal: “manganese” steel
Grind: full hollow
Point: square
Scales: faux ivory celluloid
Stampings on tang: very readable
Date: est. 1950’s
Condition: good, sharpened and shave ready
Included: razor and box only

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This Wester Bros. Anchor Brand straight razor is in good condition. There is some minor pitting and a ‘grey’ patina on the steel, commensurate with its age. Most of the original ‘gun blue’ is intact on the top of the spine, tang and tail, and suggests the razor has seen very little use. The blade has minimal hone wear, centres well between the scales, and it’s taken a fine shaving edge. Engravings on the tang of the show side: “Wester Bros. “Manganese Steel”, and on the back side: “Wester Bros. Anchor Brand Made in Germany”.

Here’s what we were able to find out about this razor. Wester Bros. was a barber supply company, based out of New York, that marketed quality straight razors manufactured in Solingen Germany, after WWII. “Manganese” steel is made by alloying steel, containing 0.8 to 1.25% carbon, with 11 to 15% manganese. This unique non-magnetic steel has extreme anti-wear properties. The material is very resistant to abrasion and will achieve up to three times its surface hardness during conditions of impact, without any increase in brittleness, usually associated with hardness. “Manganese” steel razors had a reputation for holding an edge longer than conventional carbon steel.

All straight razors we sell are shave ready. We put them through a full water stone progression to 12,000 grit. This razor was then given a Jnat finish, on an Ozuku Mizu Asagi Lv 5.5 stone (approx. 15,000 grit). Jnats (Japanese natural stones) are known for the exceptionally comfortable shave they provide. It’s fully stropped, sanitized with alcohol, coated with a thin film of oil, and is ready to shave as soon as you remove it from the package. Carefully wipe the oil from the blade with a tissue and it’s ready to use.

Note: This is a well used razor and is sold as is. There are scuffs and scratches, faint traces of dirt remaining between the scales, modest hone wear and a patina commensurate with a razor of this age. Any other shaving items in the photo are props and not included with your razor purchase.

Due to the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens, potential honing damage and scuffs and corrosion resulting from daily use, we cannot accept returns of used straight razors.


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