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    I've had this F. Reynolds on the to do pile as the original scales were shot and needed replacements. The style of razor always reminded me of a Humpback Whale.
    So that was my theme. I selected some streaked horn with a very swoopy pattern to it to suggest movement and compliment the flow of the blade itself.
    I then used a section of an old cracked Ivory scale with some patina ( new Ivory is too white for this) , drew out a whale and cut it out on a band saw and refined it with some files, burrs and stones.

    Then once I had the whale I simply transferred the design to the scales and hollowed out an area for it to sit in. Once fitted I epoxied it in place and sanded the whole thing smooth. Then to add a little interest to the Whale I Scrimshawed some details on it.

    Odd but I enjoy it.
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    I like it - it fits nicely. Very artistic. What kind of tools do you use to cut the negative into the scales?
    I love living in the past...

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    Mark, this is getting redundant- Great Work! a real pleasure on the eyes.

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    I used whatever I could put my hands on. Rotary burrs ,stones, small chisels , X-acto knives.
    Fitting is a PITA at this size. One small OOPs and there it is.
    There are a couple if issues i want to address yet but it's essentially all there.

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    I have no words..... That is beautiful... Good job!

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    Straight up awesome, I like the details you put on the whale inlay!!

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    Looks great
    "The black smoke is just lost power"

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    What I love about your work, Mark, is that you are a master of both art and craft. And, you combine that with love and respect for history. And, again, there is an indescribable Zen/mystical aspect to your work. Well done, as always. Namaste.
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    That scrimshaw on such a small piece is amazing. Bet you were cross eyed for a few days ha ha ha!
    Mastering implies there is nothing more for you to learn of something... I prefer proficient enough to not totally screw it up.

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    That's the beauty of Magnification. I live lately with the visor type on my head. And I still can't see what I'm doing half the time.

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