11-17-2012, 10:33 PM
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Not when they're W&B's.
Got a chance to work on some of the razors I've picked up lately. I have quite a few so I decided to get the W&B's moving along by starting on them first. I got these three done today.
Using parts from other razors ( all in the same family) I was able to swap some nice scales that were on so-so blades and make a nice looking original style razor. Something about having all the correct pieces on a blade, and getting to use it has a certain feel to it. Besides,, there are many more opportunities for me to build scales on several more blades. But where I can , I try to keep them together.
On this first one, a Medium Size Hollow Grround, the blade wasn't too bad, cleaned up nicely, but the scales were warped, chipped and dull looking. So I straightened the scales, sanded out the flaws, polished them up and added gilding paint to the imprint.
The second is an India Steel razor. Here too , cleaned up the blade a bit but couldn't go to far with it because of the etching. Sometimes you can work around it , sometimes you can't.
Straightened the scales, sanded, polished, painted etc. and it was done.

The third one, a large blade, was such a mess as far as rust goes. Somewhere I have shots, but couldn't find them right now. But since I had to do so much to the blade I figured it's not quite original any longer so I also made up some new scales for it out of Honey Horn.
I also decided, after the scales were completed, to add an inlay. It's common on some factory scales from the period so why not on my own?
I cut out a brass piece, cut the scales to receive it and got it in place. I also made up some domed washers as I thought this would be a nice accent to the overall look of the razor. The
color doesn't show up to well in the pics, but in person it looks quite good.


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 11-18-2012, 07:14 AM
  • gijames
  • Mile High Soldier
  • TN, USA
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Very handsome creation there with your *stamp* on the horn

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 11-18-2012, 07:40 AM
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 11-18-2012, 09:05 AM
  • oscar11
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  • North Dakota
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Very nice work. I picked up this beast yesterday. A "for Barbers use" W&B, a touch over 7/8". It needs some love.
[Image: w_bbarber_001.jpg]

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 11-18-2012, 09:13 AM
  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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Mark, you really do have a talent. Very nice.

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 11-18-2012, 10:31 AM
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Thank you Johnny, very kind of you to say.
@ Oscar11,, nice piece. That'll clean up just fine. Looks like another I have in my collection.I seem to have a penchant for W&B's ,,, I think I'm up to 22 or 23 of 'em now.

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 11-18-2012, 02:43 PM
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You do some amazing restorations. The before and after pics are stunning!

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 11-19-2012, 04:39 PM
  • geezer
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  • Menomonie, Western WI
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Absolutely fantastic! Your skill set is way above the average restorer! Please keep them coming!

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 11-21-2012, 11:43 AM
  • mikeperry
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(11-17-2012, 10:33 PM)mycarver Wrote: Not when they're W&B's...

Three beautiful restorations there Thumbup

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 11-21-2012, 01:12 PM
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In a word, "Wow!"

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 11-21-2012, 03:09 PM
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Incredible work, Mark!!

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