11-29-2013, 09:20 PM
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Yup,, you see everything crossing my bench. This is what I got as you see it. OK. A bit of Mag Wheel polish since half my work is already done and I can call it a win! Yeah, right , if I was only so lucky.
So I polished up the blade and it came out nice I think. The specks are on the penny ,, not my blade.
And since it's rather manly at 15/16ths I wanted something a bit wilder looking than straight black scales. I used the streaked black horn , sometimes called feathered for the scales. Has a bit of a wild look to it somehow.
I then used an Elk Horn antler wedge where you can see the pores as a pure Ivory wedge just wouldn't fit the theme here.
I also used 5/64th pins and washers as the typical 1/16th ones looked just silly on a massive blade.
Man, does this thing cut. Oh My!


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 11-29-2013, 09:41 PM
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Another great job, Mark!

How much time would you say it takes you to get a blade to that renewed state?

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 11-29-2013, 09:49 PM
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Stunning work, I love those scales!

I have some Feather AC razors, would you consider rescaling them as above?

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 11-29-2013, 10:08 PM
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Hey guys! Thanks.
ben74, I'll consider anything. But this particular horn is just crazy.But I'm game. Sure, show me what you got.
celestino , well you got me. Being that I do so many blades I've got it down to a science.For me to make this work I have to be able to turn them out rather quickly. That,, or I'd do better flipping burgers at a McDonalds. But this is not my main source of income. It's a sideline.Depending on the condition of the blade I can do 2-3 a night if I push it. Variables include new scales,,, restore old ones, the condition of the blade to start with etc. Then there's the time to post photos, talk to the clients,packaging, going to the Post Office, Bla, bla,Bla.
But when I'm in the groove, with the typical blade two in an evening is comfortable for me. After my regular work it's a way to unwind doing razors. Either for clients or my ever growing collection of pieces.

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 11-29-2013, 10:47 PM
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(11-29-2013, 10:08 PM)mycarver Wrote: ben74, I'll consider anything. But this particular horn is just crazy.But I'm game. Sure, show me what you got.

These are the razors I'm referring to...

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They accept the Feather AC blades and although not the real deal, they do provide a convenient alternative to an actual straight.

There is nothing wrong with scales, but nothing inspiring about them either, in fact I absolutely hate the shape and feel of the black scales.

Given your love of the real thing, I hope you're not offended by this suggestion. Blush

I do have some beautiful TI straights that I use only occasionally.

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 11-29-2013, 10:59 PM
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Why would I be offended? It's not like you were asking about some cartridge razor. Lots of guys use these. Making them " custom" isn't an odd thing to do. On se sites this has become a competition to build them.

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 11-30-2013, 05:34 AM
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Mark-That is true craftsmanship.

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 11-30-2013, 11:15 AM
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Thanks for the information, Mark! Wow, 2 per night is still quite a bit of work, it seems. As long as you enjoy it, my friend. Biggrin

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 11-30-2013, 12:05 PM
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(11-29-2013, 10:59 PM)mycarver Wrote: Why would I be offended? It's not like you were asking about some cartridge razor. Lots of guys use these. Making them " custom" isn't an odd thing to do. On se sites this has become a competition to build them.

Ok, so I can I send you a couple for re-scaling?

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 11-30-2013, 01:47 PM
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Deuce, thank you!
Celestino, I love it. Besides the fact there is a steady flow and it seems the hurrier I go the behinder I get.
Ben74 pm sent.

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 11-30-2013, 08:13 PM
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(11-30-2013, 01:47 PM)mycarver Wrote: Ben74 pm sent.

Thank-you Mark!

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 11-30-2013, 09:11 PM
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Wonderful work as always, Mark.

I may be PMing you soon in reference to my black Feather AC also ... Smile

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 11-30-2013, 09:55 PM
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(11-30-2013, 01:47 PM)mycarver Wrote: Celestino, I love it. Besides the fact there is a steady flow and it seems the hurrier I go the behinder I get.

* Mark, great to hear you enjoy what you do and it surely shows in the razors you present, here! Boy, how I wish I used straights!
Do you ever make your own?

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 12-07-2013, 09:16 AM
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Mark, do you do all the sanding, buffing & polishing by hand??

I'm curious about how you do two a night. Does that include honing? Curious about how you hone. That can be time consuming as well. What stones do you use??

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 12-07-2013, 12:10 PM
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Depends on the blades and what they need . At times I've done more. How rusty, new scales or just redo the originals. Sanding also depends on the blade's condition. The final polish is 1 or 2 passes on a buffer . I keep this to the absolute minimum!
Honing is done in marathon batches like I'm doing today, but that can change. Once I have the stones out and in order it's easy to take a dozen blades and in rotation go through them at one time.
It looks like organized chaos but I get all the grits cut and ready to sand , have the drill press and band saw, pins cut washers ready etc.

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