Small Collectibles – part 1

KwikSharp Razor Hone

This KwikSharp Razor Blade Hone is 1940s vintage in original wrapping. Basically, it’s a piece of glass that you used to sharpen a razor blade. During the war and following, razor blades were rationed and often hard to come by. This hone could extend the life of your blades by up to 50 shaves.

For an interesting article on the history of double-edge safety razors, CLICK HERE!

Small Collectibles Can Be Quite Artistic

As these cigarette papers show, small collectibles can also be quite artistic. Here’s a great way to capture history in smaller items, while still creating a beautiful collection. Stop by and see what we have to start your own small collection.

Cigarette Papers

3 vintage cigarette papers - front view
vintage cigarette papers – front
3 vintage cigarette papers back view
vintage cigarette papers – back

THE DAWN OF CIGARETTE PAPER

… burning newspaper had its own problems, especially with the then toxic-based inks. Spanish merchants began offering plain, unprinted paper for this purpose. One small factory in Alcoy that was making specialized packing papers offered the first paper designed specifically for cigarette rolling. This paper was later improved and an additional factory in Alcoy opened to compete. Over time additional cigarette paper factories opened near Barcelona, France, the UK and eventually there were many factories across Europe. In the Alcoy region, there is still one rolling paper factory left, which can actually connect its roots back to the first rolling paper factories. This Alcoy factory produces many popular artisan papers to date. Brands such as RAW, Elements, Juicy Jay’s & DLX are made using processes that date back to the origin of this factory. Some of the craftsmen at this factory have been making papers for generations!

BOOKLET

The origins of the cigarette rolling paper booklet can be traced back to a priest, Father Jaime Villanueva Estingo (Jativa, Spain, Alcoy Region 1765). Before Father Villanueva’s invention, tobacco smokers laboriously and wastefully cut sections of large sheets of paper to roll their cigarettes. He devised a more convenient method of peeling small sheets from pocket-size booklet dispensers and brought his idea to Alcoy, where the first rolling paper booklets ever were produced. People still pay homage to Father Villanueva in Alcoy to this very day.

from Rawthentic.com
2 vintage cigarette papers - front view
vintage cigarette papers – front view
2 vintage cigarette papers - back view
vintage cigarette papers – back view

Ready to Start Your Small Collection?

Whether your adding to a collection you already have, or you’re ready to crate a new collection, we can help you get started. Visit Bahoukas today. You know we’ll be watchin’ for ya!