A Cut-Throat Razor

@JudyEv (100716)
Bunbury, Australia
October 12, 2017 4:12am CST
While cleaning out my mother’s house, I came across two of these, almost identical, items. Have you seen one before? It is a cut-throat razor which folds away to fit in its own little case. Men would lather up with a bristle shaving brush (I understand badger hair brushes were best) then shave with the razor. Later safety razors came on the market and eventually electric razors made most others obsolete. I have a ‘shaving mug’ which belongs to the same era as the cut-throat so I’ll put that up one day. It’s pretty interesting too.
26 people like this
30 responses
@topffer (30594)
• France
12 Oct
One of my grandfathers never used anything else, telling that they were doing a faster and better job than safety razors. I think they are still available to sell, as they are used by some hairdressers.
7 people like this
@LadyDuck (121670)
• Switzerland
12 Oct
My husband says the same as your grandfather and he still use those razors, he has three in the bathroom. Of course they are still available, the barbers in Italy use them all the time.
5 people like this
@JudyEv (100716)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Oct
@LadyDuck @topffer I didn't realise they were still available. I hadn't given any thought to what barbers use.
3 people like this
@TRBRocks420 (62148)
• Banks, Oregon
12 Oct
Yes, I have saw these, but never used one.
6 people like this
@JudyEv (100716)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Oct
I think safety razors were in by the time I was watching my Dad shave.
2 people like this
@Kandae11 (26917)
12 Oct
They do look a bit dangerous.
5 people like this
@JudyEv (100716)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Oct
Well-named aren't they?
2 people like this
• Otis Orchards, Washington
12 Oct
I've seen these before. Barbers used to use them to shave their customers. I don't know, but they may still use them but I don't think too many men goes to a barber to get shaved anymore. Back in the 80s I had a beard and the barber I went to begged me to let him shave my beard off. I wanted to keep my beard so I wouldn't let him. I've been using an electric razor for many years now.
4 people like this
@JudyEv (100716)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Oct
It seems they are still used. I guess your barber didn't get to shave off too many beards.
2 people like this
• Otis Orchards, Washington
13 Oct
@JudyEv I think that was the case. I thought about letting him shave it off when it came time but then I thought why should I pay for it when I can do it myself.
2 people like this
@JudyEv (100716)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Oct
@RichardMeister Taking off a beard might have been quite a bit more expensive than a simple shave and/or haircut.
2 people like this
@Shavkat (46777)
• Philippines
12 Oct
I find it cool for someone who can use this. I, myself cannot do it.
4 people like this
@JudyEv (100716)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Oct
They look a bit dangerous to me.
2 people like this
@Shavkat (46777)
• Philippines
13 Oct
@JudyEv I do agree with you. I never dared to try it.
2 people like this
@Hannihar (12614)
13 Oct
@JudyEv Judy, they certainly do.
1 person likes this
@JohnRoberts (41068)
• Los Angeles, California
12 Oct
There could be some value to the vintage items. I would not want one of those anywhere near my throat.
4 people like this
@JudyEv (100716)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Oct
You'd need to trust your barber wouldn't you? But apparently they are still available.
2 people like this
@UncleJoe (8532)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
12 Oct
When I first started shaving that was what I used. I bled a lot.
4 people like this
@JudyEv (100716)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Oct
I remember my Dad sometimes cut himself shaving. And that was with a safety razor.
2 people like this
@xiaolisu (1292)
• Shenyang, China
12 Oct
Its so familiar for me. I remember we have many this kinds of razors at my home. My step dad was a barber at my childhood
4 people like this
@JudyEv (100716)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Oct
I thought they would be obsolete now but it seems they are still being used.
1 person likes this
@franxav (3728)
12 Oct
Barbers in our countryside still use this kind of razors for shaving. They would usually go around carrying a little box of their instrument and sit down to give haircuts and shaves wherever their clients wanted it.
4 people like this
@JudyEv (100716)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Oct
It seems they are still in use, I assumed they were out of fashion. As I said in an earlier post, I should never 'assume' anything.
2 people like this
@sharon6345 (110383)
• United States
12 Oct
I had one in my beauty case. I went to beauty school.
4 people like this
@JudyEv (100716)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Oct
Did you ever use it? And what for?
1 person likes this
@peavey (15874)
• United States
12 Oct
Yep, Daddy used to use one. It hung on the kitchen wall, beside the only sink in the house. He used to threaten us with the strop but never used it on us.
3 people like this
@JudyEv (100716)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Oct
I remember seeing a strop in movies. Was it used to sharpen the blade? I can't remember now but I know the razor and strop were somehow associated.
2 people like this
@peavey (15874)
• United States
13 Oct
@JudyEv Yes, it was used to sharpen the blade. You put the blade edge on the srop and swiped it upward over and over. I remember Daddy doing that.
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (100716)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Oct
@peavey I think that I've only seen that part of the process in films. I wonder how that sharpened the blade? And why they don't use that for knives.
1 person likes this
@LadyDuck (121670)
• Switzerland
12 Oct
My husband still use this razor to shave, he has very hard hair and very sensitive skin and nothing is better than a shaving mug and a real razor.
3 people like this
@JudyEv (100716)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Oct
And there I was 'assuming' again that these things were obsolete.
2 people like this
@LadyDuck (121670)
• Switzerland
13 Oct
@JudyEv They are not and the good ones are very expensive. I was searching on Amazon Italy to buy a new one for my husband the price range for a good one is from $40, up to $150.
2 people like this
@JudyEv (100716)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Oct
@LadyDuck Wow, that is expensive.
2 people like this
@just4him (91769)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Oct
I always thought they were a bit longer blade. Very nice.
3 people like this
@JudyEv (100716)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Oct
Maybe there are different size blades.
2 people like this
@just4him (91769)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Oct
@JudyEv Could be. I know the old westerns I've seen where the barber is shaving someone, the blade looks longer.
1 person likes this
@teamfreak16 (36473)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
12 Oct
I've actually been shaved with one of these a couple times. It was a treat.
3 people like this
@JudyEv (100716)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Oct
I bet you didn't give the barber any cheek while you were 'under the knife'.
1 person likes this
@teamfreak16 (36473)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
12 Oct
@JudyEv - No way!
2 people like this
@youless (87136)
• Guangzhou, China
12 Oct
Yes, I have seen them, perhaps from TV I think today it is rare for people to use this kind of razor. It is quite dangerous.
3 people like this
@JudyEv (100716)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Oct
It seems they are still used which is a surprise to me.
2 people like this
@youless (87136)
• Guangzhou, China
13 Oct
@JudyEv I almost thought they are the antiques now
2 people like this
@toniganzon (41110)
• Philippines
12 Oct
That's something worth keeping. I have seen that from barbers before. But I've never seen my dad use that at all.
3 people like this
@JudyEv (100716)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Oct
My Dad didn't use one either. He used a safety razor.
1 person likes this
@toniganzon (41110)
• Philippines
17 Oct
@JudyEv Same with mine.
1 person likes this
@fishtiger58 (30689)
• Momence, Illinois
13 Oct
My grandfather had some of these. They are pretty cool.
3 people like this
@JudyEv (100716)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Oct
They are much more common than I thought.
@Hatley (159353)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Oct
myhusbahd sed9et s ya veaossedti prpeare opeoiooefir syrgert y yst shave the areaifhair first bu I* always used a fasfety raz or as Idid oteverw ab t t o cutso eo e b ut he ever cut t en either
3 people like this
@JudyEv (100716)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Oct
My father often cut himself when he was shaving - even with a safety razor.
@Corbin5 (81567)
• United States
12 Oct
My grandfather used a cut-throat razor. It must have taken some skill to use one.
3 people like this
@JudyEv (100716)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Oct
My Dad used to cut himself enough with a safety razor. I hate to think of him with one of these in his hands.
2 people like this
@andriaperry (33038)
• Anniston, Alabama
12 Oct
Never sen one up close and personal. Only in the Western Movies. You have a nice collection of obsolete items, you could open up a museum, charge people at the door to look at them.
3 people like this
@JudyEv (100716)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Oct
Now that's an idea. Not sure I've got quite enough stuff although I do seem to be accumulating it lately.
1 person likes this