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Thread: Wm. Gilchrist's Ramapo Co.

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    Default Wm. Gilchrist's Ramapo Co.

    The makers stamp reads Ramapo Co. No. 53 Warranted. Voidmonster posted a great right up some time ago on Wm. Gilchrist.
    Early Gilchrist?
    A 13/16 shoulderless grind near wedge. I chose a glaze finish for the blade faces and a crocus finish for the spine and tang. I believe the blade originally had a glazed finish. The black horn coffin shaped scales are copies of the bug eaten originals at .110 thickness as the originals were. A lead wedge and brass pins and collars were used in assembly. A couple of before pictures and in process pictures show the blade off the 400 grit belt for a bevel check on a 1K.
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    Very nice work Karl! I love the shoulderless blade and the swooping profile from tang to blade on the underside.
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    Absolutely stunning!

    That is a really good looking razor and the work you have done on it looks superb.
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    Nice! A 'different' sort of blade!
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    Great job Karlj love the wedge shape just beautiful.
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    Ah yes, that one!

    Lovely job with the restore.

    That one is definitely another data point in favor of my theory that Gilchrist was making the Ramapo-stamped razors at his own workshop in New Jersey, and it wasn't until that burned down that he started being an importer.

    Both blade and scales are very non-Sheffieldy.
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    Beautiful Razor and great job.
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    Wow. Now THATS how you restore and remove ALL the pitting from a blade. The stamps actually look deeper and better AFTER you restored it, if thatís possible. Well done....again, Karl.
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