Newstrop

Description

This bakelite Newstrop is a safety razor blade hone and strop and was released by the Clemak Safety Razor Co. Established in 1908, Clemak were one of the first safety razor manufacturers in the UK. To maintain the razor blade, it would need to be regularly sharpened through a process of honing, which creates the cutting edge, and stropping, which aligns the edge. Leather was and is still widely used to strop but other common materials included wood, canvas and even newspaper. This example is made from phenol formaldehyde and sharpens due to the abrasive nature of the material's composition. It hones due to its curved and grooved form, with included paper instructions to 'rub the blade from side to side, pressing lightly'. Costing 2/6, it is believed to have been patented in 1913 and manufactured for Clemak by United Plastics Ltd. During WWI the factory was diverted for military use and the Newstrop production ceased.
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Inscriptions

moulded: "Newstrop Trademark Patent Regd. Design 761118." (top)

Object number

AIBDC : 008613

Date

1913

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Dimensions
Width
60mm
Depth
5mm
Length
94mm

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