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    Default First Restoration--W&B Celebrated!

    It took me several months, but I finally completed my first restoration (along with a couple others that I'll post in the workshop). I started out asking questions about how to tackle the blade, and then boned up on scale making (pretty much followed Karlej's tutorial on the subject) and then learned how to pin the thing all together. Blade was hand sanded down to 600 and then back up to 3000 finished with Mothers. Scales are black horn and a faux ivory wedge (still need to work on getting the wedge shape). Finished in double stacked washers. Constructive feedback welcome! I thought that learning how to hone (which I'm still practicing) was satisfying, but this was immensely satisfying on a whole other level. I would encourage others to try their hand--I'm a lawyer by day and don't necessarily consider myself a craftsman by any means--that's just HOW GOOD the information here is!
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    Nice job. Next we will have to get you to blue your etch to really make it pop. Other than that I don't think there is much else that could be done. It nice to make and repair things with your hands. I enjoy it too. Welcome to the rabbit hole.
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    Very nice recovery.
    Had some pretty good pitting. What a difference to details doing it all by hand though.
    Nice work.
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    Aloha!

    Every time a razor is restored, an angel get's his wings!

    Nice job and congrats on bringing one back to showroom finish. And as RezDog said, welcome to the rabbit hole! It's deep, but it's worth the trip.

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    Very nice on the W&B!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RezDog View Post
    Nice job. Next we will have to get you to blue your etch to really make it pop. Other than that I don't think there is much else that could be done. It nice to make and repair things with your hands. I enjoy it too. Welcome to the rabbit hole.
    Hmmm, blueing the etching--okay, now I'm intrigued. What's the best method for that? I can definitely see how its a rabbit hole. There are just so many cool, old antique blades.

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    Very nice work, amazing job for a first restoration! Thank you for sharing

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    Quote Originally Posted by jseitz View Post
    Hmmm, blueing the etching--okay, now I'm intrigued. What's the best method for that? I can definitely see how its a rabbit hole. There are just so many cool, old antique blades.
    There are a few threads on it. Basically you degrease the blade, gloves are needed because even the oils from your skin can mess up the process. I wax the blade, then degrease the area around the etch with nail polish remover on a qtip then carefully applying bluing or antiquing liquid. I actually use a product called Jax iron antiquing, but bluing is a good thing too. Dab off the excess and then high grit sandpaper and WD-40. The sandpaper needs to be on a hard backer. Geezer did a thread on it some time ago, which is where I drew my information from.
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    Great save on that fine W&B
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    Well done, you should be very proud

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