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    As RezDog replied earlier, I believe it has been heat treated, but not ground down afterwards. The 'blade' at this point is of equal thickness below the spine to the edge, at which point it is indeed rounded. The blade most closely resembles a Faux Frameback. I have a bench belt 'sander', but not sure if this is what you are referring to when you say a belt grinder.

    I am starting to come to the realization that this work is beyond me, and short of finding someone who can grind the edge down for me (which I would assume would not be a cheap endeavor) I will put these blanks in a drawer and move on. I am in Los Angeles.

    Thanks for all the advice, it is most appreciated.
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    I am sending you a PM of some personal contacts that may be able to help as they re-grind razors. You can hash things out with them.
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    Thought I'd go ahead and send along some shots of one of the blanks. As you can see the blade itself is pretty thin already, but honing itself just isn't getting it done.

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    That will need a finish grind. Clever way to get your camera to focus on the end of the blade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aleximus View Post
    As RezDog replied earlier, I believe it has been heat treated, but not ground down afterwards. The 'blade' at this point is of equal thickness below the spine to the edge, at which point it is indeed rounded. The blade most closely resembles a Faux Frameback. I have a bench belt 'sander', but not sure if this is what you are referring to when you say a belt grinder.

    I am starting to come to the realization that this work is beyond me, and short of finding someone who can grind the edge down for me (which I would assume would not be a cheap endeavor) I will put these blanks in a drawer and move on. I am in Los Angeles.

    Thanks for all the advice, it is most appreciated.
    What type belt sander & what size & grit are you using. Most makers here use 2" X 72" belts with a 1 to 2 HP motor powering it.

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    At the moment I only use the belt sander to shape my scales. I believe it is 3" by perhaps 36". As I haven't used it to grind metal I am open to suggestions, if even this sander is up to the job. Again I just use it to shape my scales, then move on to hand sanding.

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    And I have to say, a 2" x 72" belt suggests a far deeper commitment to the craft than I have confronted. Understand that I have restored maybe 40 or so blades, fashioned perhaps 30 scales from varying materials, from wood to bone to synthetic material. But this is moving into a whole new area that I was not aware I wanted to go when I purchased the Dorko blanks. But it seemed like an ambitious and good project to progress on to. I may have overstepped my experience level. That is quite okay. If putting these blanks in a drawer until I have the experience to move on these, then I will. I appreciate the guidance, as I appreciate everything I have learned on this site and from all of you 'Pros'! But I feel I need to maybe step back and take some time to allow my experience level grow. As one who has delved into a new love, I wanted to move as fast and headstrong into it. But I think I came up against something that maybe I need to shelve for later. I look forward to this, and am not sure how far down the road I am but the Journey is the reward!

    Thanks all, I love the help given so freely on this site by the experts that exist here!

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    And of course I may need some new hardware to make this happen. That can wait as well. But I feel I've tapped into a lifelong addiction! I don't think I'm alone here! Nice to know there are others!

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    Where are you located mate? This will help you out for someone close by maybe,
    Can be done with a home belt grinder but there is still a fair learning curve to get it right and would recommend not using your Dorko blanks to learn on
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    I am in Los Angeles. I have gotten a few references to do them for me, but would be very much interested in watching/learning from them! Who wouldn't? So if someone would want to do the work and allow me to watch and learn, of course not to compete but for personal enrichment, then that is worth time and money! It's all about the learning process!

    And I hear your accent through your post! I love that!
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