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Thread: Wade & Butcher Tapered Blade C. 1840's: This one's for you Zak!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hirlau View Post
    I stole the jpegs & put them in my Dream Razor file,,,,,,,
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    Absolutely stunning finish all round
    Excellent job
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    Looks great. I think I would have passed on a resto on that blade because of the hone ware. Glad it landed in your hands. You saved it and brought it back to life.
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    These are the threads that truly make you happy you clicked on them. Stunning.

    Quote Originally Posted by Martin103 View Post
    That is one incredible finish on that blade! well done, finish it up!

    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyHAD View Post
    Killer job for sure.

    The hell of it is, if I saw a blade shaped like that for sale I always passed figuring it was hone wear ..... then Zak figured out they were made that way, and now everybody wants one .......... including me !
    Quote Originally Posted by Phrank View Post
    That's funny you said that...was thinking the exact same thing...and I did see a blade just like that and figured it was badly tapered for those reasons...went back and looked for it and found it on eBay...similar, but not the same...but yes, now the hunt is on...man that's a sweet looking razor...the RAD, the RAD...just makes me think of Marlon Brando saying, "The horror, the horror" in Apocalypse Now....it never ends!

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    In awe of the finish. Feel like retracting all my crude attempts as they just pale by comparison.
    Love the profile and tang, curves like a Bugatti, and timeless lines..
    Great work on the old girl.

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    Splendid

    Quote Originally Posted by Razorfeld View Post
    Tell me I'm wrong, but that razor drives a Bugatti!
    Once again...Thank you one and all! After reading all the positive comments posted. I do believe I just might keep this razor...

    Seriously...If you ever get a chance (RAD IS NOT A BAD THING!) of shaving with these tapered blades I think you'll understand why I like them so much. They are made for a scything stroke, which for the way my beard grows, really allows me to get to the difficult area on my face along the jawline where the hair grows sideways and toward my ear.

    My collection is growing ( I'm even catching up to Zak's tapered blade collection!), this is my second W & B, and I am currently working on 3 more of these blades, a Marshes and Shepherd, an Ashton & Jackson, and a really pristine Joseph Elliot. I'll be sure to post pics of these when they are done.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyHAD View Post
    Killer job for sure.

    The hell of it is, if I saw a blade shaped like that for sale I always passed figuring it was hone wear ..... then Zak figured out they were made that way, and now everybody wants one .......... including me !
    They're really nice to shave with!

    Not super-fun to hone, but not really much worse than any other razor with hand-made geometry.

    The tapers in the other direction are really nice too.

    Now to see if I can put my awesome powers of persuasion to use on something a bit bigger... Like keeping original scales.
    -Zak Jarvis. Writer. Artist. Bon vivant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfpack34 View Post
    My collection is growing ( I'm even catching up to Zak's tapered blade collection!), this is my second W & B, and I am currently working on 3 more of these blades, a Marshes and Shepherd, an Ashton & Jackson, and a really pristine Joseph Elliot. I'll be sure to post pics of these when they are done.
    I only have ten or twelve of them!

    Seriously though, one weekend I'll have to bring all mine up to 10Pups place so we can get pictures comparing all of them.

    It's interesting to see so many different versions of the same basic design, and I suspect it might be possible to just barely start to see individual Little M'ester styles at play (and thus see which guys worked for which companies).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Voidmonster View Post
    I only have ten or twelve of them!

    Seriously though, one weekend I'll have to bring all mine up to 10Pups place so we can get pictures comparing all of them.

    It's interesting to see so many different versions of the same basic design, and I suspect it might be possible to just barely start to see individual Little M'ester styles at play (and thus see which guys worked for which companies).
    Yep...let's do that! I think we've talked about that before...matching up the Little M'ester styles... which we could never 'prove' BUT would be very cool to conjecture on.

    AND BTW....I'm only about 4-5 behind you now!
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    Wow. I love it. Classy!
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    Ohhh my oh my ohhh my! Fantastic looking blade u got there my good sir.
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    I have a W&B 6/8" half hollow with a similar shaped spine with a barbers notch.
    Mine is not tapered like yours & was made after 1881. on the presentation side in very light etching it reads " Hollow Ground Razor" The Wade & Butcher, Sheffield England is also very lightly etched. I will have pics after&I get it restored & honed up.

    Slawman

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