Straight Razor

The straight razor, or cut-throat razor, has been in use for hundreds of years. It is comprised a single blade which folds into the handle when not in use. Straight razors were not for the faint of heart and required training in its use as well as honing and stropping the blade, which meant most men seeking a straight razor shave would go to a barber. In the 20th century, the safety razor pushed the straight razor out of favor due to its initial lower cost and ease of use.
date made
ca 1900
overall: 7/8 in x 9 3/4 in x 1/2 in; 2.2225 cm x 24.765 cm x 1.27 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Edith R. Meggers
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Costume
Health & Medicine
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


Add a comment about this object