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    Ladies and gentlemen:

    The 100-degree temperature choked in a blanket of 90 percent humidity. What, was I humping the bush with the infantry in Vietnam? Enough already, because I already had had the pleasure in 1967.

    I was taking my second shower of the day, this one using sweat for water. It wasn't fun, especially since much of the morning I had come up empty in the giant flea market. No vintage Gillettes, and God forbid there should be a straight razor, even a half-dead one.

    I found a 4/8" Solingen-made razor produced for the Quality Barber Supply Co. of Illinois. I don't much care for the 4/8" blade, but this thing was cute with its brown handle and decorative metal caps. Besides, I had to show something for my effort. The man said $20, but I walked away with it for $5. I also spent $2 on an Old Spice soap mug I collect shave mugs.

    Despite my failure for the day half way through the flea market, I had a gut feeling I would hit gold. Then it happened. The man had a box full of dead razors, and the ugliest things you ever saw. Then I saw the massive Wade & Butcher. For a moment I thought I was reliving my adventure at another flea market several weeks ago, where I also landed a Wade & Butcher.

    This one was big, 7/8" or maybe a bit larger. The scales looked as if they were crushed under a tank, and the rust and the stains on the blade made me think of a knife dug up from an ancient tomb. Again, as I had at the other flea market where I landed my first Wade & Butcher, I thought of my friend Maximillian, and that if anybody could dress this derelict in a tuxedo, he would be the one.

    Maximillian did. Here is the razor, which I have named The Maximillian.

    One final note: I have not clicked any buttons yet. I spent half the morning trying to load the picture Max was kind enough to send me. He even sent me instructions on how to post. If they don't show up with this post, I'm going to turn on the blasted TV and watch the news which will really heighten my depression.

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    Obie, that razor is aptly named. Truly another of Max's works of art. Use it in the best of health and please post your first shave with it in SOTD!

    Respectfully,
    Joe
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    Wow - are you sure it's the same blade?

    nice work by Max, congratulations on your new old toy
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    I have yet to see a wade and butcher wedge that did not clean up nice, all that heavy steel must be forgiving when it comes time to restore. A great find Obie and an excellent restore Max, I like the understated choice of scales a good fit for a timeless classic.

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    This one was actually in even worse condition as the previous W&B.

    Here's another rust-bucket before/after picture I had taken.

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    It was re-ground on a 5 inch wheel. Got most of the pitting except a few shallow micro pits.

    Enjoy in good health my friend.
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    Hello, Max:

    Thanks for posting those two photos. In my inept wrestling with the computing machine thingy, I managed to lose the photos.

    As before, my good friend, a glorious taste of talent and workmanship. Many thanks.

    Regards,

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    Damn, Obie. I am going to have to come up north and go shopping with you. You seem to come up with some great finds. Max sure turned a sow's ear into a silk purse this time. What a gorgeous razor. Use it in good health, my friend.
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    That closeup photo Max posted of the lettering and associated giant rusty pits pretty much say it all. Any man who can return that old bag of bones to life is a craftsman indeed.
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    Max,can you tell us a bit about the scales?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnJ View Post
    Max,can you tell us a bit about the scales?
    I can - it's butterscotch micarta, once I let Max pick whatever he wants for scales on a razor I sent him and that's what I got Pretty nice, you should see it in person.

    Enjoy the new toy, Obie!
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