J. Wiss & Sons Co.
Razors with Plain Black Rubber Handles
By far the most popular were Oval and Flat Black Rubber Handles. These are actually part of the Style Letter group, but are letterless and only have a number stamped on the tang. This is where all the single shoulder razors are. Below is a selection showing the variations found.
The black handle is the most common. This was selected for here as it has a Wiss logo on the front. The pictures in the 1912 catalog still show the name and city stamped on the front. This would be a later addition. This one has a 5/8" notched blade. It passed through eBay in June 2010.
Black Flat Handle with Logo
Size 85. This is a 5/8" wide Very Thin Concave blade. This was the most expensive concavity choice. This item passed through eBay in October 2009.
Black Oval Handle No Logo
See last picture to try to make out name stamped on the tang. Listed on eBay for $15.99 + $3.50 in August 2011.
Black Oval Handle with ES..X Insciption
The number on the tang is not visible, but this blade appears to be 6/8" wide. This item passed through eBay in June 2010.
Black Oval Handle with Logo
This is the only razor pictured here with instructions. The number on the tang is not pictured. This item passed through eBay in October 2009.
Black Oval Handle + Box + Instructions
Oval handle. Meaning of Cosmo logo unknown. This item passed through eBay in March 2008. Another passed through in December 2009.
The swedge pattern on the blade is not in any of my catalogs. Thus presumably from before 1907. This is a no shoulder blade on oval black rubber handles. This passed through eBay in August 2009.
No Shoulder Blade in Swedge Pattern
The single shoulder is shown on page 54 of the 1912 catalog and page 66 of the 1912 catalog. They had Full Polish. The 145 is 5/8" wide Medium Thin Concave blade. Passing through eBay August 2011.
Single Shoulder 145 Black Oval Handles
These are not in either of the catalogs I have. These appear to have been discontinued by 1907. There is some alternative blade. This item passed through eBay in March 2010.
Single Shoulder 245 Black Flat Handles
These are not in either of the catalogs I have. These appear to have been discontinued by 1907. There is some alternative blade. The 285 is 5/8" wide Very Thin Concave blade. This item passed through eBay in April 2011.
Single Shoulder 285 Black Flat Handles