Many collectors also look for razors with handles made of a specific material such as gold, silver, mother-of-pearl, celluloid, Bakelite, bone, wood and tortoise shell.
Although antique razors are often difficult to identify, there are many resources available to the collector.
In 1901, King Camp Gillette patented a new style razor blade that would change razors forever.
The new blade was not forged; instead it was cut from a template, disposable and sharpened on both sides.
Price guides, books, articles and websites offer valuable information on value, pricing, history and identification.
Several excellent resource sites include: Although not many antique razor collectors can find razors used more than 250 years ago, razors from the last two and a half centuries can readily be found in antique shops, auctions and private collections.
Early razors made of horn, flint or stone with bone handles have been excavated from these caves and scientifically carbon tested.
The results of the tests date these early razors as being from the Neolithic Period.
Many collectors argue against the validity of the one hundred-year old rule, which was put into place by a United States customs law.Manufactured in many countries including England and Germany, straight razors often had blades and handles that were adorned with intricate scrolled etchings.Collectors find the artwork very desirable, adding value to the razor.In the late 1700s a variation of the straight razor, which added an L shaped wooden guard, was introduced by Jean-Jacques Perrot.Although it went through many changes, Perrot's antique razor became the prototype for the first safety razor.The introduction of the electric razor in 1939 by the Schick company was another big step for the razor industry.