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Object ID 003516

Object Name Spike Straight Razor

Object Desc Spike straight razor by the Union Cutlery Company

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY003498

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Personal Care


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 3, Shelf 3

Object Date

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

Height 0

Length 5.75

Width 0.75

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Measured when closed, width at widest point.

Quantity 1



Site Details

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.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY3498



Date AUG 8,2015

Summary Fair

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.