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Razor

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

This razor was found together with a knife (see knife 3). The original was very worn, but a similar razor was found nearby, which was still intact. This razor I used to recreate the shape of the blade. 

Mould
 
Material: clay and sand

The mould is made from clay and sand. First I made two matching plates of clay. These I let dry for a few days, so they became more sturdy. I first cut the shape out of one of the mould halves. I then pressed both halves together, so I got a print on the other half of the mould. This I used to cut out an exact mirrored shape in the second mould halve. The mould was then dried further and later fired.

Casting result
 
This razor was a big challenge due to it's shape. The bronze had to flow through the narrow channels of the hilt, and then fill the entire blade. Eventhough the edges aren't completely filled, the result is far above my expectations. I can make a pretty good razor from this, if I grind the edges straight. But the mould is still good, so I may even cast a better one still.
 
Finished razor
 
After several more but unsuccesful castings, the mould broke. So this was the best result I could get from the mould. To save time, I used modern tools for grinding on this one. The result is a wickedly sharp razor. I don't know how they were used to shave, but I suspect it was done in combination with the tweezers often found in combination with bronze razors.