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Thread: my first attempt at restoration

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    Default my first attempt at restoration

    I originally got this razor just for the scales and to practice honing.

    This razor (5/8 Wostenholm pipe with bone scales) was full of surprises.

    Before restoration.
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    first (bad regrind) and second (slightly warped blade, no pictures) surprise.
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    third surprise after removing the scales. active rust.
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    After some MAAS and a lot of elbow grease.
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    I only have temp. screws instead of pins as I am not sure if I am done with it or not. Before going further, I decided to hone it up.

    After 1 hour going back and forth between 1k and 3k, I put tape on the spine. I spent another hour+ on it from 1k (pass thumbnail test) to 3k (cut armhair) before finally going to 8k (cut armhair). Then i spent 30 mins stropping from Crox to webbing to leather to finally get it to treetop (shave ready for me). I know the bevel was not even but I saved up 3 days of growth and really wanted to try it that night. The last surprise was how well it shaved. I have shave with it 3 times already. The middle edge was gone by the third shave so no bbs as I didn't want to force it (but still a decent shave).

    I will pin and hone it again this weekend. I will probably go at the pits some more beforehand.

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    Progressing well,
    I love it when bad photos turn out to be one of your favourite razors
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    to shave another day.

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    Nice save on a cool Wosty.
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    If you can shave with it the battle is won, keeping it shave ready is where the war begins. Nice project. I like a more aged look from a vintage razor, mirror polishing is ok for some but keeping patina and a few blemishes is to me how a vintage should look. Nice
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    I am considering it keeping it with the current look now as the black stuff is in the pits instead of on the surface. i really killed the edge the first time getting it cleaned up. there was no way i was going to get a mirror finish. i don't think the black stuff was patina as it had ridges. i think someone used a rust converter on it.

    maintaining the edge should be easier once i set a proper bevel.
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