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    Cool Hello SRP!

    Hi all,

    I just got a Bengall Razor, it was my Great-Grandfather's.
    I'm on here to see what I can do about restoring it a little and getting a good shave out of it.

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    Welcome to SRP

    Pictures are always appreciated. Since you want to use this razor. You should start with some reading. Basically everything in this search Beginner Wiki. Now learning to hone is not easy but also not rocket science. If you don't know what a shave ready razor feels like how will you know what to do?

    Since it is an heirloom razor I would not want to learn on it. So please send it out to one of the pros. Member services has some of the best.

    Jonathan

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    Welcome DBell, Datsots speaks the truth send it out first to have it honed and made shave ready. Read everything you can before attempting to put that razor to your face.

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    Some of us would give our teeth to own a razor belonging to an ancestor. For just this one, let a pro at it. Its too precious! Or, pick up a few other razors to learn on and leave the Bengal alone until you are confident you can give it the care it deserves.

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    Welcome to the greatest shaving forum on the web. You will find anything and everything to do with traditional wetshaving on this forum. Check out the rules of the forum first to make sure you don't do anything you shouldn't. then I would suggest checking out the classified section to get that razor cleaned up and honed properly. That second step about getting the razor honed properly is very important. let me know if I can help with anything. Glad to have you with us. Bye for now,
    Shayne.

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    I didn't have any pics earlier, but I have since busted out the camera:

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    The restoration area visible here in the last image. Bit of the blade has a chunk out of it, and some rust/discolouration on the end.

    I have already attempted a first shave actually.
    It went better than expected as my head is still attached!

    The tone of 'let the pros have it' seems to be strong so far. I can respect that, but it's not likely to happen, for better or worse I want to go about this myself.

    That being said I'm all ears for advice.

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    You shaved with it already? Have you honed it? usually nicks in the blade like that have edges that will draw blood. you can use if you have made sure there are no odd edges on the nick it just will not be all that shave it should be. I tend to use the toe a lot when shaving so that nick would nake it a non stater for me
    Polish it up with maas, simichrome or flitz tape the spine and start honing you will need to remove a fair amout of metel to get that edge right.

    i would reccomend learning on another razor though.

    enjoy,
    jim

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    Welcome aboard! I think you'll find all you need to know about wet shaving right here. I would also like to echo the advice already given. If you're intent on restoring this razor yourself, and I can understand why you would want to, I would suggest getting a couple of cheap ones to practice on. Restoring a razor is not like cleaning up and honing a knife. It definitely takes a specific skill set that takes some time to develop. The best advice I've heard regarding restoration is the same advice I've heard regarding straight shaving .... take your time and enjoy the journey!
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