Object ID 003516
Object Name Spike Straight Razor
Object Desc Spike straight razor by the Union Cutlery Company
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY003498
General Category History
Category Personal Care
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,1991
Location Room 3, Shelf 3
Start Year Range 1911
End Year Range 1952
Status On-Site Collection Storage
Object Keywords Spike,razor,shaving,Union Cutlery Co.,Ka-Bar,
Title Spike Straight Razor
Description Straight razor with white bakelite handle. "Spike Reg. U.S Pat. Off." is engraved on one side, as well as a rendering of a railroad spike. Metal blade has Spike engraved with a railroad spike through the word on one side of tang and "Union Cutlery Co. Olean, N.Y." on back side of tang.
Approx Collection Date
Unit of Measure Inches/ounces
Dimension Details Measured when closed, width at widest point.
Place of Origin
Maker Details Union Cutlery Co. was formed in 1909 but did not move to Olean, NY until 1911. Although the Spike razors are known to be good razors, the company was most known for producing the Ka-Bar knife, which was adopted as the offical knife of the US Marines Corps. In honor of their services in WWII, the company name was changed to Ka-Bar in 1952.
Date AUG 8,2015
Assessor Kayla Sutherland
Notes Bakelite scales are yellowed, stained, have substance stuck on them. Blade shows signs of wear and use. Some tarnish and rust.