05-12-2014, 04:44 AM
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  • Obie
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Gentlemen,

The universe gave me a sweet smooch this past weekend with this set of lovelies: Smiling Wade & Butcher 6/8 hollow ground matching set in pearl scales. Oy mama! The razors are in superb condition, and all they need is a wee bit of cleaning and polishing. Of course, honing. Thanks for viewing the photos.
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 05-12-2014, 05:16 AM
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  • W.S.O.
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Oh my those are a pair of beauties. Congrats on your good fortune!

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 05-12-2014, 05:19 AM
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  • Obie
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(05-12-2014, 05:16 AM)W.S.O. Wrote: Oh my those are a pair of beauties. Congrats on your good fortune!
Thanks much. I will send them out for the minor restoration that they need, and then hone them myself. I can't wait until they are ready to go.

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 05-12-2014, 05:27 AM
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  • BobH
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Wonderful find Obie. Just the condition you would want to find them in. If I was looking for a matched pair those would do very nicely.

Bob

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 05-12-2014, 05:34 AM
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Wow! Obie that is one sweet find and talk about condition must be two of the best matching pair of Wade & Butchers I've seen amazing. PS I think it's well worth having them professionally cleaned up and looking at them you can tell they were mirror polished when new, they could look unbelievable.

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 05-12-2014, 05:49 AM
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  • Agravic
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Very nice, Obie!

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 05-12-2014, 06:21 AM
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Just beautiful! A welcome addition to any collection.

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 05-12-2014, 06:47 AM
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  • Obie
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Gentlemen,
Thank you for the kind words. Yes, I agree, I will send them out for professional restoration — I live in a condo and don't have buffers or other restoration equipment. My hones don't take much room, and I hone in the kitchen. Anyway, you're right, they do not need much work; just a little cleaning and polishing will make them sparkle. By the way, my wife and I agree now that the scales are in ivory rather than pearl. Either way, they are in perfect condition.

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 05-12-2014, 07:53 AM
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  • Giorgio
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Wow those are truly gorgeous...Congrats on the new additions!

I look forward to drooling over post-restoration photos Biggrin

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 05-12-2014, 03:14 PM
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splendid catch !

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 05-13-2014, 05:42 AM
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  • evnpar
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Those are beauties. Congratulations.

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 05-13-2014, 07:04 AM
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Beautiful, its put in the notion of learning to use one!!
Thanks for sharing
Jim

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 05-13-2014, 07:13 AM
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  • Obie
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Gentlemen, thank you. In addition to everything else, the razors fit my hands perfectly. I dare say, I feel that the craftsman who made these razors in the 19th century made them specifically for me. I have become that fond of them already. I will post photos after restoration.

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 05-13-2014, 07:18 AM
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(05-13-2014, 07:13 AM)Obie Wrote: Gentlemen, thank you. In addition to everything else, the razors fit my hands perfectly. I dare say, I feel that the craftsman who made these razors in the 19th century made them specifically for me. I have become that fond of them already. I will post photos after restoration.

I cant wait to see them restored. They look beautiful now I can only imagine. Looking forward to the after pics big time!

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 05-13-2014, 06:56 PM
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Best-looking Wade and Butchers I've ever seen. What restoration is needed? They look perfect as is.

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 05-14-2014, 03:53 AM
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Lovely Lovely...

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 05-14-2014, 04:09 AM
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  • Obie
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(05-13-2014, 06:56 PM)lindyhop66 Wrote: Best-looking Wade and Butchers I've ever seen. What restoration is needed? They look perfect as is.
Robert,

Right you are: they don't need that much work. Here is my routine when restoring older razors — I don't have buffers or all that fancy shining stuff:

1. My friend Maas compound and I do a lengthy polishing dance.

2. A good scrubbing of the blade and the scales, inside and out, with a soft toothbrush, soap and water; then intense drying, especially around the pivot. My wife's hair dryer (cold air feature) comes in handy.

3. Sanitize the blade with Andis Cool Care Plus.

4. Now comes repairing the blade, if it needs it, and then honing. With these, I will have to repair (if they need it, I'm not sure yet) and set the bevel on a Chosera 1K with slurry stone; move on to a mysterious 3K stone; Norton 4K, Norton 8K; and finally two Japanese natural stones in the 12-16 K range; several hundred strokes on a Tony Miller strop (leather only); and finally, 50 strokes on the palm. After that the blade is rested in Barbicide, dried thoroughly and the oiled in Ballistol.

Since the scales on these are a delicate ivory, I have to be really careful I don't crack them, especially around the pivot. Overall, as I noted, I don't think they will require that much work. Obviously, I'll not be able to grind and polish out some of the pitting around the spine, but let's see where we go. I'll post some "after" photos when done.

Stay well.

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