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Ern, Carl Friedrich (ERN, GONG, Crown & Sword, Turban, SKI, BUR, Zepp and others)


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This very importand Name must not be missed here, as it was Ern who introduced the double wheel grinding mashine ("Hexe")

The company was founded in 1873, registrated December, 4 1874 and first located in Solingen-Wald from 1922 and at Kanalstrasse 43 in 1939. The Ern family were razor-grinders and Carl Friedrich took over his fathers company. As many of Solingen grinders, thes honed razors for other companies to. E.g. In 1860 Nathaniel Ern only ground and honed razors for Henckels, but soon began to make their own razors. Nathaniel taught his son Carl to do the job - at that time there were 20 workers and seven masters. Singing and talking during work were forbidden, drinking never allowed. The company moved to Wald (to Wittekulle), an outlying district of Solingen, in 1876.

In 1893 they introduced the 'Hexe' machine (double wheel hollow grinder) to hollow-grind razors, said to be a benefit to all razor makers.

This is my ERN 1166 "The Crown and Sword Razor" with a bit ober 13/16". Realy great razor.




A shape not too often seen with straight razors. I own one myself, different brand, and at one point ordered two more from Tony Holmes (whose webstore I am no longer able to find). These two razors got lost in the mail.