1) The scales were the coverings on the handles of razors.
In 1731, Jeremiah Rollinson was fined 40s by the Cutlers’ Company for selling Presst Tip Razor Scales … to London unhaft
that is not attached to the handles. He was said to be an old offender. In 1721, Samuel Boulsover of Longley in Ecclesfield parish had eight pairs of razor presses in his inventory.