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    Default First restoration finally finished

    This weekend I finally bit the bullet and finished my John Barber restoration project. I had been working on it on and off for 2 months now.
    I do this with all my projects. I start them and them I work on them whenever I feel like. And occasionally I pick one and work until it is done.

    This is what it looked like originally:




    And this is what it looks like now:




    Looks good for something that's close to 200 years old, eh?

    The little smudge on the toe is a visual artefact. It is not there on the razor itself.
    I took off the scales, and handsanded carefully for 12 hours. Then I polished for 2 hours of with my dremel, a felt wheel and 14 micron chromium oxide.
    I pinned it this afternoon with my mother's small anvil and peening hammer. I also replaced the butt pin so that it would be identical to the blade pin.

    All in all I am satisfied with the result. I did not make new scales for it because the original scales are in good shape, and they are a good deal prettier than the default black scales that are found on most older razors with cheap handles.

    I also took care to fully preserve the maker's mark because that's what drew my attention originally. Luckily it was stamped very deep.
    The blade is perfectly straight so honing it should not be too hard. Definitely a keeper.
    Happiness is a field, littered with the mangled corpses of your enemies. - Vlad III of Wallachia

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    Beautiful, especially for a first

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    very nice job looks like chrome. Hows the shave?

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    what did your progression of sandpaper grits look like? how high did you go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by edk442 View Post
    what did your progression of sandpaper grits look like? how high did you go?
    80, 100, 120, 150, 180, 240, 320, 400, 600, 1000.
    I wanted to go higher but I could not find higher grits locally.
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    i'm working on a boker right now, my progression looks like

    100, 150, 180, 220, 320, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1500, 2000

    i'm only at 400 right now

    i considered going with 80 grit but it seemed a little TOO coarse for my liking. i have 120 paper but decided to skip it. i don't think it will affect the end result

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    Quote Originally Posted by edk442 View Post
    i'm working on a boker right now, my progression looks like

    100, 150, 180, 220, 320, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1500, 2000

    i'm only at 400 right now

    i considered going with 80 grit but it seemed a little TOO coarse for my liking. i have 120 paper but decided to skip it. i don't think it will affect the end result
    It shouldn't. I only dropped to 80 because there was some pitting near the tang. I only used if for a couple dozen strokes, just to get a quick start. I think I started the tang with 180.
    Happiness is a field, littered with the mangled corpses of your enemies. - Vlad III of Wallachia

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    Beautiful job! That razor looks sweet now.

    -Steve

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    Stunning result

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    Looks Fantastic Bruno, very nice work

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