Safety razor and tin
Material and Medium: steel
Dimensions: Overall: 25 x 47mm (1 x 1 7/8in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 1975.243
This is a safety razor for personal use, dating from around 1900. Inside the cylindrical tin is a guard which could be attached to the head of the blade to create a protective barrier between blade and skin. The position of the blade in the handle may be adjusted so it can sit at right angles like a traditional open razor. The razor separates into components which fit into the tin. The tin is painted with pictures of the Sheffield Town Hall and Coat of Arms and the description ‘Hygenic Safety Razor’ and contains a list of detailed instructions for use.
Sheffield was celebrated for the quality of grind on its straight-edge razors. The skill of the craftsman was such that a very fine and sharp cutting edge could be produced and maintained. For personal shaving though, this could be quite dangerous, and the safety razor was developed in the late 19th century.