05-14-2018, 04:34 AM
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When I bought my brass Asylum Evolution XL, it came only in a matte (bead blasted?) finish.  The polished brass version was released later.

I noticed mine was starting to patina anyway, so I decided to see what I could do with some polishing.  One of the things I like about brass and copper is how well they take a polish.

Here is before and after.  I think I'll do the same thing with the Karve razor I have on order.

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 05-14-2018, 05:36 AM
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Did you use any commercial grade steel wool {0000 or 000}

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 05-14-2018, 05:55 AM
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(05-14-2018, 05:36 AM)slantman Wrote: Did you use any commercial grade steel wool {0000 or 000}

No, I'm not sure I'd want to use steel to polish brass.  I've never tried it.  I try to be as non-invasive as possible while still achieving the polished look.

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 05-14-2018, 06:06 AM
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  • bullgoose
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That looks great! What products did you use to achieve the polish? How long did it take you?

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 05-14-2018, 06:27 AM
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(05-14-2018, 06:06 AM)bullgoose Wrote: That looks great! What products did you use to achieve the polish? How long did it take you?

Phil, it's a 48-72 hour multi-step process that involves no harsh chemicals, and no grinding wheels or dremels.  I've been working on the process for a few years restoring vintage razors, and the process is much more important than the products.  It's pretty labor-intensive to get an even polish on all the surfaces (including the teeth, solid bar, and handle grooves).  But I think I've finally figured out how to do it right.

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 05-14-2018, 06:33 AM
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That turned out very nice.  Well done!

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 05-14-2018, 09:15 AM
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That looks great.  I'd like to hear more about your process.

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 05-14-2018, 09:48 AM
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I ordered a couple of polishing cloths from Cape Cod that I hope will do the trick on my Karve. Have you used anything like that in your polishing process?

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 05-14-2018, 02:14 PM
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  • chazt
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You did a heckuva job polishing that Evolution razor. Must have been a lot of work! Thanks for sharing.

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 05-14-2018, 02:55 PM
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(05-14-2018, 09:48 AM)pbrmhl Wrote: I ordered a couple of polishing cloths from Cape Cod that I hope will do the trick on my Karve. Have you used anything like that in your polishing process?


I don't use Cape Cod cloths for polishing razors anymore, but I do use them for other things.  Someone posted a photo in the Karve thread of a razor he had shined up with a Cape Cod cloth, and I thought it turned out pretty well.

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 05-14-2018, 04:35 PM
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(05-14-2018, 09:15 AM)Sully Wrote: That looks great.  I'd like to hear more about your process.

I would like to hear more about the process as well. The razor turned out great.

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 05-14-2018, 04:51 PM
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Thanks all.  I really appreciate all the kind words.  I'm a little reticent to detail my process, because I've put a lot of effort into it for a couple years now, and I may eventually decide to do something with it as a hobby service.

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 05-14-2018, 06:22 PM
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(05-14-2018, 04:51 PM)BrickHud Wrote: Thanks all.  I really appreciate all the kind words.  I'm a little reticent to detail my process, because I've put a lot of effort into it for a couple years now, and I may eventually decide to do something with it as a hobby service.

OK...no worries. I am sure it would be a sought after service if you choose to do it.

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 05-15-2018, 01:46 AM
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  • nikos.a
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My friend Charles, it looks great!

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 05-15-2018, 02:34 AM
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  • Sully
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(05-14-2018, 04:51 PM)BrickHud Wrote: Thanks all.  I really appreciate all the kind words.  I'm a little reticent to detail my process, because I've put a lot of effort into it for a couple years now, and I may eventually decide to do something with it as a hobby service.

I understand.  Your razor looks great.  If you do decide to offer a polishing service in the future I'm sure you will do great.

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 05-15-2018, 02:37 AM
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Nice looking razor!

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