Restoration is the process by which the blade of a straight razor is returned to its original manufacturer state. It is important to provide clear pictures of the blade to be restored in order to determine the expectations for restoration. Razors with deep pitting and/or severe wear may not yield the desired result.
There are three blade finishes to choose from: Mirror, Satin, and Matte. Please review the image gallery for examples of each. Not all finishes can be accomplished on all types of blades. Different blade grinds (wedge, hollow ground, etc) only allow certain finishes.
Scales can by made out of nearly any sturdy, malleable material. Common materials are buffalo horn, bone, G10, wood, and acrylic. There is a large variety of other materials to choose from. I stock some of these, but cannot stock everything in every style or color available. I will advise as to what I currently have in stock as this frequently changes. A good company to use to research materials is Masecraft Supply in CT.
I also stock a variety of collars used to pin the razor to the scales. I will list the varieties I have in stock. Again, there is a huge assortment out there and anything that can be shipped to my location can be used for your razor.
Honing a straight razor is the method of sharpening the blade on varying whetstones then stropping until shave ready. I hone on increasing grits up to approximately 20K then strop on chromium oxide and leather.
Full Straight Razor Restoration
- Full restoration of blade per customer specification.
- Razor honing.
- Custom scales made of standard material or regrind of existing scales per customer specification.
- Customer choice of collars and pinning material.
- One week turnaround time. The customer will be notified of any backlog.
- Small solid brass or nickel silver triple stacked collars.
- 5mm OD. .9mm thick. Tastefully done; not too thick or gaudy.
- Small solid nickel silver domed collars.
- Small: 4.76mm OD. .9mm thick.
- Small brass cup collars.
- 3.7mm OD. 1mm thick.
- Small, rounded shoulder.
- Small flat brass or nickel silver collars.
- Standard, simple flat #00 and #000 washers with one edge slightly domed.
- Brass, nickel silver, or copper 1/16 rod may be used with any collars.