09-12-2012, 05:33 PM
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A few weeks ago I bought a Frederick Reynolds heavy wedge for $15 at a flea market in Raleigh, North Carolina. It had black horn scales that were in bad shape. The blade was in great shape with lots of etching. It was the Prince Albert model. I sent it to Glen Mercurio of Gemstar Customs to restore and hone. I thought about flashy acrylic or beautiful woods or vintage horn or modern horn and drove us both crazy until I decided on basic black micarta.

Then I met the lady whose father and brother had been barbers in Pennsylvania and bought 3 of her razors (out of 20): Goldenedge Pearlduck Dubl Duck(mint), Beau Brummell, and a George Wostenholm IXL for Shields of Philadelphia. The Wostenholm blade was in good condition and the scales were still readable but had a chunk out of them.

Here are the before and after photos for the Wostenholm. Glen took them for me. I neglected to photo the Frederick Reynolds before hand. Reynolds in black and Wostenholm in bone white linen micarta....both fully restored. The wedge in the scales on the white one is buffalo.

   

   

   

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 09-14-2012, 07:48 PM
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Wow, those sure look lovely! Every time i see beautiful straights like these, it just tempts me to give them a try, again. Hee hee.

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 09-14-2012, 08:13 PM
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(09-14-2012, 07:48 PM)celestino Wrote: Wow, those sure look lovely! Every time i see beautiful straights like these, it just tempts me to give them a try, again. Hee hee.

I think you gotta do it. It's a great way to shave. Very Zen.

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 09-15-2012, 03:59 AM
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  • Obie
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Lindyhop,
Those are good finds. In Glen's hands, they have become quite handsome. Well done.

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 09-15-2012, 04:36 AM
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(09-15-2012, 03:59 AM)Obie Wrote: Lindyhop,
Those are good finds. In Glen's hands, they have become quite handsome. Well done.

Thank you. I expect them in the mail today. Glen does do an excellent job.

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 09-20-2012, 08:30 AM
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  • Leon
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There isn't anything cooler than a wedge with a polished edge.

I myself honed today a 150+ y.o. wedge in ivory scales. Can't wait to tomorrow's shave.

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 09-20-2012, 03:54 PM
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And they make for a polished shave.

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 09-20-2012, 04:46 PM
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Very nice, Robert. Beautiful pair of straights, enjoy them.

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 09-20-2012, 09:04 PM
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You sure did have one lucky day at that flea market Robert, great find indeed, and Glen always does a very fine job for sure.

Jamie.

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 09-21-2012, 04:53 AM
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The Frederick Reynolds, in black, was from the flea market and the George Wostenholm, in white, was from the sister of a barber who had collected. And a very good deal. I also got a mint Dubl Duck Pearlduck Goldenedge and a Beau Brummel from her.

Robert

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