"A Very Rare c.1830's-1850's W. Greaves & Sons, Sheafworks, Sheffield, steel straight razor with blonde scale handles and beautifully aged pinning/washers. Slight pitting and wear from use which is absolutely fascinating since this razor was used many times and is original, and is very well preserved. This also includes the original English retailer's sheath holder, Wade & Butcher out of Sheffield, England. William Greaves, was in business by 1780. His sons joined the firm in 1816. The Sheaf Works was started in 1823, and completed by 1826.
William Greaves created the first large scale cutlery factory in Sheffield in 1832, a company that revolutionized the manufacturing and sales of not only straight razors and knives of the Victorian perod, but also steel blades and toolworks from then on out. The factory itself was also a revolution because it attempted to bring together as many cutlery manufacturing processes as possible together in one place, something that had not really been attempted before. The money to build this huge works came from Greaves’ trade with America, where they sent razors, table cutlery and sturdy bowie knives."