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Thread: Merkur Restoration

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    Maruka Shaman of West London JOB15's Avatar
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    A friend asked me to restore his late fathers Merkur vintage razor.
    The original scales were cracked so they had to go. Shame about the Merkur sign because I really like that symbol .

    I had free reign over this job so I designed my own scales to follow the contour of the spine. I used a type of Ebony which is dark brown with black streaks. Thinned by hand to about 3mm ish, I'm guessing

    Being a hollow grind I thought I could get away with a copper wedge . The wedge had to be specific, allowing the spine and scales to sit parallel and I used brass pins,collars and internal washers.

    The blade had deep pitting and scars on the spine, so I did the spine starting with 240 grit paper. The rest of the blade I started at 400 grit. Finishing the whole this with 3000 grit and then polish.

    I had to leave a few pits because the blade was too thin to even get near them..

    I have yet to hone it up , I'm still waiting for the oil to fully dry on the scales/ 2 coats of true oil and I will finish it with beeswax.

    Lovely blade and I cant wait to test shave it.
    Surprising to me is how cheap these blades go for . I think I want one , one day ..
    Cheers guys. (sorry the pictures are so dark)

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    Nice job-Beautiful wood on the scales, brass hardware, and I love that copper wedge (been wanting to try that myself, maybe with some bulls-eye copper collars). I admire your bravery in sanding into deep pitting on that hollow ground. I've heard great things about Tru-Oil; I need to try it sometime.
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    Nice job, the scales are proportioned nicely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScoutHikerDad View Post
    Nice job-Beautiful wood on the scales, brass hardware, and I love that copper wedge (been wanting to try that myself, maybe with some bulls-eye copper collars). I admire your bravery in sanding into deep pitting on that hollow ground. I've heard great things about Tru-Oil; I need to try it sometime.
    The deep sanding was on the spine so it was no problem.
    Personally I think the wedge is really important so I always try to make them special or out of the ordinary.
    I have lots of different oils but True oil may well be the best ..
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    Nice job, the grain looks great in those scales with the contrast running lengthwise. Good choice of wedge, steps it up a notch in classiness.
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    That is one great restoration. It all came together very well and is one classy looking razor
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    Nice job, I'm sure he will be very happy with the results.
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    Cheers, I'll post a daylight picture once I put a killer edge on it..
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    Great work sir, I too have been thinking about using copper. After seeing it I like the look a lot. It could really make the right material pop.
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    Today I put an edge on this blade and had a shave ..

    I started with the Shapton Glass 500 . I think the DMT would have been too much.

    No circles , just slight X's with no pressure and gave it a bevel.
    Then i killed it and went to the Naniwa 1k. Same thing light strokes and set the bevel.

    I then went 5k,10k Chosera, minimal strokes and onto the 16k Shapton Glass with 8 strokes.
    Then I finished with the Escher 100 strokes with water only.

    The shave was amazing. Smooth and sharp, everything you would want from an edge.

    I took a few daylight pictures.
    For the last week the blade has sat in my view and I really got to appreciate the shape of the scales .

    Onto my next project : W&B 9/8ths
    Cheers
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