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

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Costume, Health & Medicine, American Enterprise

Exhibition: American Enterprise

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Bequest of Edith R. Meggars

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CS.314637.12343Catalog Number: 314637.12343Accession Number: 314637

Object Name: razorOther Terms: razor; Accessories for Care of the Person; Male

Measurements: overall: 7/8 in x 9 3/4 in x 1/2 in; 2.2225 cm x 24.765 cm x 1.27 cm


Record Id: nmah_372945

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