05-25-2014, 12:43 PM
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  • celar36
  • Enjoying Life 1 shave at time
  • London, UK
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Hi Guys,

I have this Gillette Toggle D-1 for while and I am thinking to restore it but at same time I like the patina.

Your opinions?

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PS this photos are taken before I gave it a good cleaning!

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 05-25-2014, 03:03 PM
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I would leave it alone if you like how it looks and send it to be replated later, after you have used it awhile.

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 05-25-2014, 03:11 PM
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  • W.S.O.
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  • Philadelphia, Pa
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I was recently faced with this decision with a wilbert cutlery straight razor I acquired with an covered tang and fancy scales and and beautiful etched blade. I would do the same if this was mine as I did with that and for much the same reason...I left it be. The reason being the patina was so even all it served to do was to show the age of the razor and actually seemed to enhance it. Also much like this one there was no areas of pitting or corrosion that needed addressing. All I did was hone it and I did so with tape over the spine so as not to remove the patina along the spine edge. It was an unusual move for me as my OCD nature tends to want to take things to the perfect stage is at all possible. In this case with my Wilbert I am glad I knew when to say when and leave well enough alone.

The cool thing is you can just leave this be for as long as you want and use it, when and if the mood strikes you can always pick it up and have at it- starting the restore if so desired. For me, in a case like this the best bet is always to leave it be for a while. The impetuous decision to restore is usually one that could end up being regretted if hastily made. The worst thing that you would want is to restore and polish through the plating somewhere. The razor looks great as is IMO.
Anyway Ive blabbed on enough. Those are my thoughts.

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 05-25-2014, 04:55 PM
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  • Lando
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i would keep as is, actually looks pretty good

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 05-25-2014, 04:58 PM
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Got a Gillette Aristocrat slim adjustable almost in the same state as that Toggle is, and i´m going to keep it that way. It´s expensive to restore it and i think that it would take some personality and vintage looks by doing it. I will post a picture later.

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 05-25-2014, 06:18 PM
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  • geezer
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  • Menomonie, Western WI
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I vote for the enjoy it now and leave for later, decisions to plate it.
~Richard

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 05-25-2014, 07:04 PM
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  • ben74
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  • Perth, Australia
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A Toggle is definitely worth the investment cost of restoring, that said, it looks in decent shape to me as is...

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 05-27-2014, 09:25 PM
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A good cleaning always helps- I'd say hold off on any serious restoration like resurfacing / replating.

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 05-27-2014, 10:19 PM
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I've thought about restoration to my toggle and Im in the same boat as you. The matte finish gold might be hard to get right is what keeps me from having a replate.

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 05-28-2014, 02:31 AM
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If you are not going to shave with it leave it alone however, razors are mean't to be used so restore it to it's original beauty.

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 05-28-2014, 05:31 AM
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Leave it as is. It looks great.

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 05-28-2014, 01:12 PM
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  • celar36
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  • London, UK
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I think I leave it like it is or sell it as I dont use it much... Thanks for great input!

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 05-28-2014, 04:58 PM
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Have a Toggle in very good condition. I was lucky to have bought it awhile ago when the prices were lower. Now that they're as high as they are, I don't use it. Should but I don't . If the condition was similar to users is have it out on the rack and use it in rotation.
I'd say leave yours the way it is and enjoy it.
Or replate it look original and sell it.

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 05-30-2014, 07:13 PM
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I tend to leave razors unrestored unless they are really hard up or I know that I will keep it forever. Get your toggle a tune-up, but don't replate unless you know it's your forever

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 05-31-2014, 04:18 PM
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I'd leave it. And use it.


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 05-31-2014, 07:16 PM
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  • Shanman
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This is the exact reason I do not like any gold razors whatsoever. I have sold most off save a few rare birds.

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 05-31-2014, 07:31 PM
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  • Lutebro
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I'd leave it and use it too but I understand the draw to have it perfect. Then I think about those classic cars out there that have crazy new chrome and paint and they just don't have the draw of the originals in all their glory.

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 06-01-2014, 04:16 AM
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  • Woodeks
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What I'd give to see one of these in rhodium. That was my intention with the one I purchased, but unfortunately (or fortunately ) it was in too good of shape to justify have redone, once I received it. I really wanted to rhodiumize it.

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 06-01-2014, 10:38 AM
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  • stan
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  • USA
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I would restore that razor in a flash. I have seen many of these replated in rhodium and they are simply stunning. In the end it's your razor, do what you want, either way you have a nice tool to enjoy.

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