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    Default Muller Hamburg Ring Value & restoration tips

    Hi,

    I'm new here so I hope I've posted in the right place.

    I've recently been given this 'Muller Hamburg Ring' by my mother-in-law. I'm trying to establish if it's worth restoring. I haven't restored a razor before and don't want to 'learn' on something with sentimental value, although I probably do have the skills (I've used polishing mops etc before).

    Can anyone shed any light on a possible history of this razor?

    It's in fairly good condition IMO it had a couple of watermarks on the top of the blade which I've managed to polish out by hand but has some superficial rust where the scales are attached. I think the scales are ivory and have some discoloring.

    Would it be worth having a go at the restoration myself e.g. depinning it, cleaning and then honing or should I send it away to someone who knows what they are doing. If that's the case where should I be looking?

    Thanks

    Gav



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    Welcome to SRP
    Sorry no valuations allowed on the forums
    But it is a nice looking blade that would clean up well
    I believe the Hamburg Rings take great edges
    Plenty of members in the UK depending where you are that can restore check out the classifieds and am sure some close by will chime in also
    Add your location to the profile you could have someone next door that could help you out
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    @Substance thanks for the head's up about the valuations, I've edited the post and removed the valuation request.

    Gav

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    That's a beautiful razor and in my opinion definitely worth restoring. The scales are a beautiful antique bone that seem to have aged and colored rather nicely. Congrats
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    Welcome to SRP, Gavin

    That is a nice blade and not one to learn the ins and outs of restoration. I would send it out. JMO
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    @steel, @rolodave thanks

    If anyone has any recomendations for a UK based restorer that would be really helpful.

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    Welcome to the forum. You have gotten great advice above from our members. That is indeed a sweet find and a good restorer will return it to it's former glory. Please do not think of doing a resotoration yourself.
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    Welcome to SRP. That is a beauty. I've only got one marked Hamburg Ring, and it is not a Muller, but what a great shaver. Going along with what everyone else said, that is too nice a razor to begin learning restoration. Either pick up some flea market, antique store, or ebay razors, and practice with them, or send it out.

    Another option, the one that I usually take, is to get some 0000 steel wool, a bit of oil, and rub out the rusty area. Follow up with some metal polish on a paper towel. Do not unpin anything, and strop and shave. Assuming you are capable of honing that is. If not send it to Neil Miller and get him to give it a going over.

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    If it's from your mother in law, I wouldn't trust it or at least I'd get a tetanus shot first. [emoji12]

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    Thanks everyone for the advice and warm welcome, I'm going to go with jimmys advice and clean it and shave with it.

    Thanks again.

    Gav

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