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J. Wiss & Sons Co.

Jacob Wiss founded the company in 1848 as Jacob Wiss Cutlery. The earliest mention of razors is this Newark Business Directory 1853-54. The 1911 catalog claims that the Wiss razor has been the standard of razor excellence for 60 years. Production of Wiss razors ended in the latter part of 1923. Wiss razors with tangs made by Wade Butcher and other European (e.g. German) manufacturers appear on eBay. Apparently after production stopped they continued to fill orders for razors with tangs made by others. Razors no longer appeared on the 1924 price list. The 1925 catalog lists razors on the cover, but they are not shown within. The market for straight razors collapsed after WWI. They gave all the GIs safety razors, and they returned home in 1919.

Scale Material

Vulcanized rubber was patented in 1844. Bowling balls and hockey pucks are made from vulcanized rubber. The early Wiss razor scales were all vulcanized rubber. Celluloid was invented in 1869. It took a few years for it to get into production. Bakelite was first produced in 1910. Some Wiss brand razors made after Bakelite became available are Bakelite. Bakelite is very hard and is very shiny.

A razor with aluminum scales appears as Style Y in 1907. Earlier Style Y was dark blue on the outside and white on the inside. The first aluminum smelter was in 1889 in Switzerland and the second in 1896 in Scotland. I have never seen this style.

Catalogs With Razors

Wiss Razor Ads

Collected Pictures of Wiss Razors

I started harvesting pictures of Wiss razors that passed through eBay in March 2008. With the catalogs I have tried to match them against their style names. The best example of each variation was selected for here. There are 65 split up into: Once into the pictures section you will be able to scroll around to all of them. Or they can be accessed All On One Page.

Wiss Blade Variations

In the razors with the Style letters you picked your handle and matched it with your choice of blade.
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