01-26-2013, 06:38 AM
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- Joseph Elliot. 6/8 Near Wedge Barber's Notch

- J. Hoppe, Solingen. 6/8 Full Hollow

Both for under 15 bucks. Very happy with my find!
I'll see if I can hone them up tonight or tomorrow.

EDIT: pics don't do the razors justice. Scales on the Hoppe are yellow, not white.

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 01-26-2013, 10:14 AM
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Hi Robbin

Wow! both for under $15 appears to be a steal...

Is there an etched detail running along the spine (hope I've used the correct term) of the Hoppe blade?

I look forward to seeing more photos once you've honed the blades, plus hearing how they perform.

Take care, Mike

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 01-26-2013, 12:34 PM
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Mike, together they were 15. In my eyes that really is a steal!

You've used the correct term my friend, and yes, there is an etching along the spine!
I will show you better pics in my SOTD Wink

Take care.

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 01-26-2013, 12:55 PM
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(01-26-2013, 12:34 PM)DoubleB Wrote: Mike, together they were 15. In my eyes that really is a steal!

You've used the correct term my friend, and yes, there is an etching along the spine!
I will show you better pics in my SOTD Wink

Hi Robbin

I'm learning the straight razor lingo slowly A6

I'll be keeping a watchful eye on your SOTD photos...

Take care, Mike

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 01-26-2013, 02:18 PM
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Very nice! Top one appears to be made out of a slab of horn.

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 01-26-2013, 03:19 PM
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That is a steal indeed!
I agree that the Elliot is probably horn. You can polish that up nicely if you want the scales to look shiny and new.
Soak the whole razor for a few days in a baggie of pure neatsfoot oil to rehydrate them, then lightly sand the scales using wet/dry paper 800 grit up to 2000 grit, wiping them down again with oil between grits. After the 2000 grit a mild scratch removal polish on a clean soft rag and you can polish that into a black mirror Wink

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 01-27-2013, 03:11 AM
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Gentlemen,
Thank you for your comments.
I must say..I have absolutely no experience with Horn. I really do not know if these scales are indeed horn. Should it be heavy or so? In that case, scales are not heavy.
Unfortunately the condition of the scales isn't that well. I was thinking about a rescale, but might have to change my mind if these indeed are horn.
I'll include a few pics of the scales and the state they are in.
My apologies for the bad quality, hope you guys can see something.

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 01-27-2013, 03:54 AM
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No, horn scales are not heavy. Those look horn indeed. If you see some slight variations or veins, then it's another more hint that it might be horn.

for 15 bucks, that's a pretty good deal.

(01-27-2013, 03:11 AM)DoubleB Wrote: Gentlemen,
Thank you for your comments.
I must say..I have absolutely no experience with Horn. I really do not know if these scales are indeed horn. Should it be heavy or so? In that case, scales are not heavy.
Unfortunately the condition of the scales isn't that well. I was thinking about a rescale, but might have to change my mind if these indeed are horn.
I'll include a few pics of the scales and the state they are in.
My apologies for the bad quality, hope you guys can see something.

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 01-27-2013, 10:04 AM
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Horn is made from keratin(?). The same stuff our hair is made out of.

Smells like burned hair when sanded. Smells bad.

After reviewing your latest photos, I am more convinced that it is horn.

Just soak it in neatsfoot or some other oil whose name escapes me. Then buff them. They'll look good as new.

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 01-27-2013, 11:21 AM
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(01-26-2013, 12:55 PM)mikeperry Wrote: I'll be keeping a watchful eye on your SOTD photos...

HI Robbin

I spy Joseph Elliot, 6/8 Near Wedge with Barber's Notch in your SOTD photo...

Take care, Mike

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 01-27-2013, 12:37 PM
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you can also try shining a bright light through it. If it's wood or black plastic you won't see much, horn will usually let some light through and most time has some variations between back and brown

as for the smell, yeah, it stinks when sanded....I'd say more like wet dog than burning hair....but it's definitely a nasty, distinct smell

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 01-27-2013, 01:28 PM
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Wow seems like you got a great deal.

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 01-27-2013, 01:43 PM
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Thank you gentlemen. I'll find out if it's really horn.

Unfortunately neatsfoot oil isn't that widely available here. Could something like Ballistol work aswell?

@Mikeperry; you have a sharp eye, my friend

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 01-27-2013, 04:51 PM
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(01-27-2013, 01:43 PM)DoubleB Wrote: Thank you gentlemen. I'll find out if it's really horn.

Unfortunately neatsfoot oil isn't that widely available here. Could something like Ballistol work aswell?

@Mikeperry; you have a sharp eye, my friend

You can buy a large quantity off amazon.

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 01-27-2013, 04:58 PM
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Great find, enjoy.

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 01-28-2013, 05:46 AM
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(01-27-2013, 04:51 PM)asharperrazor Wrote: You can buy a large quantity off amazon.

Yeah, but shipping would be excessive.

I'll get to some other oil, I'm sure something else could work aswell. Buff the scales and polish the blade with some metal polish. Let's see how that works out!

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 01-28-2013, 07:38 AM
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(01-27-2013, 01:43 PM)DoubleB Wrote: @Mikeperry; you have a sharp eye, my friend

Hi Robbin

My glasses wearing wife hates my perfect 20/20 vision Tongue

Of the two razors I'm really liking the looks of this one, J. Hoppe Solingen, 6/8 Hollow Ground

Take care, Mike

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 01-28-2013, 11:59 AM
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(01-26-2013, 06:38 AM)DoubleB Wrote: [Image: 2utoxfc.jpg]

- Joseph Elliot. 6/8 Near Wedge Barber's Notch

- J. Hoppe, Solingen. 6/8 Full Hollow

Both for under 15 bucks. Very happy with my find!
I'll see if I can hone them up tonight or tomorrow.

EDIT: pics don't do the razors justice. Scales on the Hoppe are yellow, not white.

WoW! Congrats on the find!

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 01-28-2013, 01:17 PM
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(01-28-2013, 05:46 AM)DoubleB Wrote:
(01-27-2013, 04:51 PM)asharperrazor Wrote: You can buy a large quantity off amazon.

Yeah, but shipping would be excessive.

I'll get to some other oil, I'm sure something else could work aswell. Buff the scales and polish the blade with some metal polish. Let's see how that works out!

Actually it's Prime eligible and only $14 or so.

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 01-28-2013, 01:25 PM
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Thanks for the link, Lee. Shipping seems acceptable. I did not know that.
Fortunately I was able to find something here in Holland. It's 500 ml for about the same price at some local horse supply store.
Looks like I'm slowly finding my way into razor restoration!

@Mike; Thank you my friend. I particulary like the spine on that razor. I will take a better picture of it next time.

@John & Tom; Thanks!

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