For sale is an vintage WADE & BUTCHER straight edge razor. The tang is stamped “Wade & Butcher, Sheffield, England” with an arrow graphic. The razor has a damaged 5/8” wide mirrored blade. Scales and blade are in great condition. The straight razor is about 6 1/4 inches in length closed or 9 1/2 inches open. Straight edge razors are also called open razors and cut-throat razors. A nice collectible straight edge razor.
Wade and Butcher was a tradename of the W & S Butcher Co. Brothers. William & Samuel Butcher started the company in Sheffield, England in the 1820s. Not too long after they had a partner named Robert Wade who was the New York based importer of W & S Butcher knifes for the US. This was one of the main markets for the company’s goods prior to the introduction of the McKinley tariffs of 1891.