06-08-2018, 04:19 PM
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I received my Karve razor with the E and F plates this week.  I haven't had a chance to shave with it yet, because although I love the matte brass finish, I wanted to polish it.

So here are the before and two after photos.  I like it better polished.  YMMV.

The tricky part is getting the grooves in the pattern of the handle and the inside of the solid bar all polished uniformly.

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 06-08-2018, 04:31 PM
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Good job

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 06-08-2018, 04:31 PM
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Very nice.  The question now is how much work you have to do to keep it looking that good?

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 06-08-2018, 04:43 PM
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(06-08-2018, 04:31 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Very nice.  The question now is how much work you have to do to keep it looking that good?

Thanks.  It's a fair question.  Once it's polished, it's like any other brass item in its upkeep.  Wipe down with a cloth every now and again.  Now that the nooks and crannies have been polished, they only need an occasional wipe down to keep them shiny.

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 06-08-2018, 05:39 PM
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  • eengler
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Well Done! Looks Great.

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 06-08-2018, 07:04 PM
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Can I send you mine? LOL. Looks awesome

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 06-13-2018, 05:02 AM
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  • Niro884
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  • Stoney Creek, Ontario CANADA
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I did the same to mine and I like it better polished as well.

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 06-13-2018, 05:07 AM
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Wow that looks awesome! Great job! Can I send you my Brass General? Lol
No seriously do you have a polishing wheel?

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 06-13-2018, 05:26 AM
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No wheels.  My process is gentler but more time-consuming.  I learned over the last couple years of trying different methods that trying to do it quickly is a fool's errand.

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 06-13-2018, 08:05 AM
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I hand polished mine with Flitz and an old t-shirt/rag, and it only took 5 to 10 minutes. Not a big deal.

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 06-13-2018, 08:15 AM
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(06-13-2018, 08:05 AM)Baylorgator Wrote: I hand polished mine with Flitz and an old t-shirt/rag, and it only took 5 to 10 minutes.

Photos?

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 06-13-2018, 12:44 PM
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Is there a special way to upload photos on this site? I’m on my iphone and see no options for it. What am I missing here?

(06-13-2018, 08:15 AM)BrickHud Wrote:
(06-13-2018, 08:05 AM)Baylorgator Wrote: I hand polished mine with Flitz and an old t-shirt/rag, and it only took 5 to 10 minutes.

Photos?

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 06-13-2018, 04:53 PM
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you need to tap on the 3 dots on the top right of your Iphone a menu will open  hit request desktop then when you hit reply an i in a black box will appear, click on it and it will let you download photo's

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 06-13-2018, 04:57 PM
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  • pbrmhl
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(06-13-2018, 04:53 PM)Shavemd Wrote: you need to tap on the 3 dots on the top right of your Iphone a menu will open  hit request desktop then when you hit reply an i in a black box will appear, click on it and it will let you download photo's

That was intuitive. I have an iPhone, iPad and iWatch, and I never would have figured that out. I’ll have to give your logistics a test drive!

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 06-14-2018, 05:41 AM
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(06-13-2018, 04:53 PM)Shavemd Wrote: you need to tap on the 3 dots on the top right of your Iphone a menu will open  hit request desktop then when you hit reply an i in a black box will appear, click on it and it will let you download photo's
Apparently these options are not available on my phone. After trying everything I can think of, I’m giving up in utter defeat as I’ve concluded there appears to be no way to upload photos on this phone. I’ll try and email the photos to myself and upload on the computer when I have time.

Anyway, in re-reading my post, I’m hoping it didn’t come off like I thought the level of time and detail @brickhud spent on his razor was overkill. I can see how it might be read that way, this was absolutely not the intent of my post. Hopefully that wasn’t anyone’s takeaway. What I wanted to communicate is that if you want to achieve a very nice looking polished finish on the Karve, do not be intimidated. Very good results can be achieved can be achieved relatively quickly and easily without any power tools or long intensive process. (Granted, the more time you spend, the better your results, as I didn’t get into every nook and cranny of the guilloche pattern, and focused on the razor’s surfaces). Regardless, I think I achieved an excellent result with relatively minimal effort and would encourage others that is a relatively easy, risk free proposition if you want to try it.
If I can upload a photo or two, you can judge for yourself.

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 06-14-2018, 06:14 AM
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(06-14-2018, 05:41 AM)Baylorgator Wrote:  I’ll try and email the photos to myself and upload on the computer when I have time.

This is what I do.  It's not fast, but it works and allows you easily to resize the photo if necessary to conform to The Shave Nook's size limits

Anyway, in re-reading my post, I’m hoping it didn’t come off like I thought the level of time and detail @brickhud spent on his razor was overkill.  I can see how it might be read that way, this was absolutely not the intent of my post.  Hopefully that wasn’t anyone’s takeaway.  

I doubt anyone took it that way.  We're all on the same team here.

What I wanted to communicate is that  if you want to achieve a very nice looking polished finish on the Karve, do not be intimidated.  Very good results can be achieved can be achieved relatively quickly and easily without any power tools or long intensive process. (Granted, the more time you spend, the better your results, as I didn’t get into every nook and cranny of the guilloche pattern, and focused on the razor’s surfaces). Regardless, I think I achieved an excellent result with relatively minimal effort and would encourage others that is a relatively easy, risk free proposition if you want to try it.

There's more than one way to skin these cats.  And I agree (because I've done it) that a person can achieve a very nice result with some Flitz, a soft cloth, and a bit of elbow grease.  More so with new razors and even more so with razors that don't have a lot of complex surfaces.

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