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    Default Gracie - Custom restore

    G’day all,
    I’ve had this Grah & Co. #54 6/8” Gracie for a while now sitting half cleaned up at about 400 grit,
    so I thought I would finish it off & make some new scales

    Blade was pretty poorly when I got it with the gold wash half corroded,

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    so originally hand sanded down through the grits to 320G then back up to 5K, followed by Autosol to polish.

    I decided to give this transparent blue acrylic I’ve have for a while a try.
    did the usual hand tools process – cut with coping saw, rough shape with dremel as a sanding barrel then file & sanding the final shapes, pull the remaining protective paper off & see how it looks.

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    I didn’t want to make the wedge the same as the scales so looked at a few different materials & colours & found I didn’t really like the look of a full wedge
    so I decided on a minimal wedge inspired by my inherited GAMERX and used some ruby red acrylic,

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    I made the wedge using a Micro-fastener to hold 2 pre-drilled pieces together in my dremel on lowest speed, I then sanded them down to size using 80 grit then worked up to the 5k grit to finish
    ( I did 2 pieces as I was originally thinking about adding a 3rd pin or I would have a spare if I buggered it up)
    then sanded the disc into a wedge so it wasn’t just a spacer.

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    during the trial fit I decided to drop the 3rd pin option as the scales need to flex a fair bit with the tapered tang ( which is why the originals cracked most likely ).


    Decided to make small thrust washers so hand peened & thin out some #0 Narrow Stainless washers to keep them minimal & hidden

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    final fit up
    Blade: Grah & Co. #54 6/8” Gracie - although stamped 6/8 it actually measures 13/16” from edge to top of spine on my chart ( Bonus for me )
    Scales: 1/8” Acrylic - Fluorescent Blue
    Wedge: 1/8” Acrylic - Transparent Ruby Red
    Washers: #0 Narrow Stainless steel
    Thrust washers: Stainless steel #0 Narrows to keep them minimal & hidden
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    Sorry the first photos on my red back ground hid the wedge

    booked in for the next honing session with a few others waiting in line
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    AFTER PICS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ps...I like the old scales... Those are pretty neat looking
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    That came out very well! Seems to go together seamlessly.
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    I bought a Gracie several years ago and as I recall it shaved rather well. I guess I'll dig it out of the pile and reminisce a bit.

    Nice job on your Gracie. Very nice...............
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chevhead View Post
    AFTER PICS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ps...I like the old scales... Those are pretty neat looking
    The pics should all be there now I had issues uploading them so had post then edit the post to add them

    the old scales are like dirty brown icecream tub plastic on the inside with the glitter just painted on them,
    the back scale is broken about 3/4 thought between the pivot & the 3rd pin which is why I declide to just replace them.
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    It turned out REALLY NICE!
    Good Job
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    these photos show the original gold wash it had which is still slightly noticeable on the blade in the right light but long gone

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    Heck of a job on that Goldie, Richard! Keep em coming.
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    Very nice work with some original thinking blended in. Love it !
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    Breathing life back into an old razor is what its all about.
    Great job!!!!!
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