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Razor

Original
 
Found: Drouwen, Drenthe, Netherlands
Age: late bronze age

This razor was found in an urn together with a pair of tweezers. Razors and tweezers are found regularly in male graves. These were luxury goods and a clean shaven face was probably a way to express status. So bronze age men weren't the bearded barbarians as is the popular view of prehistoric men!

Mould
 
The mould is made from soapstone. The shape of the razor is a bit shorter then the original, as I needed the rest of the mould for a wheel headed pin and small knife.

Casting result
 
The mould is giving great results. Here is one of the razors straight from the mould.

Finished razor
 
Here is the finished razor. The blade is hammered thin and the pin is curled up, with regular annealing. The latter represents the neck and head of a swan (which is shown more clear on Scandinavian examples). The razor is very sharp, sharp enough to pop hairs from my arm. It's however not yet as sharp as modern razors. Achieving such sharpness on hard steel is difficult, but even much more difficult on bronze. Personally I think that they were actually used to cut the hairs while holding the hairs with the tweezers.