12-12-2018, 07:01 PM
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Anybody ever change the finish on a polished razor to brushed finish?  I was thinking about doing that to a polished razor that I own.  I much prefer the brushed look.  The razor is titanium.   I hope to achieve a very fine brush, similar to a brushed Wolfman.   Any thoughts on how to proceed?

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 12-13-2018, 06:08 PM
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No machinists on here?

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 12-13-2018, 08:18 PM
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(12-13-2018, 06:08 PM)NJDJ Wrote: No machinists on here?

Not a professional but I have some information for your project....I was in the Optical business and at home have a buffer with a wire brush on one side and have buffed out polished surfaces with it...depends how fussy you are as to the final result. Can also sand blast the finish.  Another way is to use emery sandpaper and buff out the shine to your desire using various roughness of the emery paper. Can also experiment on plumbing pipes or home objects to see if you can obtain the desired finish. There are also some polishes available at a good hardware center that will dull down to brightness without spoiling the razor edges.Even a dremel tool will work if you know how to use the various accessories available with the kit and other add ons....all of these will work but of course are not what a professional machinist can do.....main thing practice on a piece of plumbing pipe or a kitchen tool to see if you are happy with the result....have fun at any rate.

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 12-14-2018, 03:56 AM
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Thank you for your reply. As for materials, most internet sources seem to use Scotch Brite pads. That's what jewelers and watch makers use anyway. I am hoping to hear from someone who can confirm that method and maybe someone who has even done it on a razor.   Am I the only person out there who doesn't like high polish on my "tools?"

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 12-15-2018, 04:24 AM
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I agree with you. I find the high polish only looks good briefly and then gets trace lines. I much prefer either brushed or bead blasted. For example, I’d be much more tempted to try Paradigm’s new SE if it was a brushed finish. Unfortunately I am not a handy guy at all, so I can’t provide you guidance on application. It’s unfortunate that there doesn’t seem to be anymore artisans in the community who could help you out.

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 12-15-2018, 04:38 AM
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To me the polished finish looks a lot like a piece of plastic that's been chrome-plated. It looks like a toy, not a tool. That said, the razor shaves really well. If the Finish is a hindrance to you picking up the SE, I would get it anyway and figure out the Finish later, much as I have done. The razor does shave very well, better than my Colonial General and that was my standard before. Whether it's 10 times better that is open for debate but it is better.

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 12-15-2018, 07:04 PM
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I use Dremel with a “fine metal wool” wheel. Works wonderfully!

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 12-15-2018, 07:47 PM
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(12-15-2018, 07:04 PM)ARGH Wrote: I use Dremel with a “fine metal wool” wheel. Works wonderfully!


Any pictures?

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 12-15-2018, 09:11 PM
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These three were polished and then re-brushed

The second picture shows my experiment with 3000 grit wet sandpaper after the brushing wheel

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 12-18-2018, 04:43 PM
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(12-15-2018, 09:11 PM)ARGH Wrote: These three were polished and then re-brushed

The second picture shows my experiment with 3000 grit wet sandpaper after the brushing wheel

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Wow! These turned out great.

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 12-19-2018, 11:39 AM
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Thank you!

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 12-20-2018, 07:36 AM
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I did it!!  I followed the method outlined by Alex and I think it came out great. I'm really super pleased with the look of the razor now and think that the brushed finish really brings out the fact that it's titanium. It has a slight grayish cast and looks super nice in person. I really can't see it being better. So, in case you're interested I used the Dremel with the the Scotch-Brite attachment pictured below (the light brown 320 grit version).  I used a fairly low speed and covered over everything once. Then I used 3000 grit sandpaper dry with the sanding block, also pictured below.  Then, I did a final pass with wet 3000 grit sandpaper. Here are the images of the finished razor followed by the materials I used. If you are thinking about changing the finish on yours, go ahead. It's easy.

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 12-20-2018, 08:49 AM
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Well done. It looks great!

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 12-20-2018, 08:59 AM
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AWESOME!

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 12-20-2018, 09:00 AM
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You're a brave man taking a Dremel to that razor!  I'm glad it worked out well.

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 12-20-2018, 09:13 AM
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(12-20-2018, 09:00 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: You're a brave man taking a Dremel to that razor!  I'm glad it worked out well.

I was a little nervous about that too. However, I think having the mechanical rotation actually ends up in a better result then what you could get by hand.

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 12-20-2018, 09:22 AM
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To me, the razor actually looks better, this way. Congratulations!  Thumbsup

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 12-20-2018, 01:50 PM
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Definitely an improvement on this razor but unfortunately it is still an ugly razor, "in my opinion", and therefore would never own one...

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 12-20-2018, 07:09 PM
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(12-20-2018, 01:50 PM)MikeL Wrote: Definitely an improvement on this razor but unfortunately it is still an ugly razor, "in my opinion", and therefore would never own one...

Looks or not, she shaves so well.  Extremely comfortable and extremely close with a Feather Super.  Plus, with her new facelift, I think she looks pretty good.

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 12-21-2018, 05:19 AM
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(12-20-2018, 07:09 PM)NJDJ Wrote:
(12-20-2018, 01:50 PM)MikeL Wrote: Definitely an improvement on this razor but unfortunately it is still an ugly razor, "in my opinion", and therefore would never own one...

Looks or not, she shaves so well.  Extremely comfortable and extremely close with a Feather Super.  Plus, with her new facelift, I think she looks pretty good.
In the end, all that matters is your happy with your razor!! Good to hear your satisfied with it.

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