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    Had a package waiting for me today and inside was the Dubl Duck Wonderedge I recently bought.


    I'll be completely honest in that I still know very little nothing about straight razors really and that what compelled me to buy this was that I had read positive things about it, that the price was very fair and because...well...I really like how it looks.


    Having said that I do of course also hope that it can be a good shaver.


    The issue/challenge
    This is however far from a mint/nos razor and comes with some challenges.
    What's important is if they can be overcome.


    Big challenge:
    There is a 'frown' (is that the correct term) along the blade as can be seen in some of the photos below and I'd love to know if it's something that can be remedied without loosing too much of the blade width.


    Maybe I can claim it to be a manufacturer defect as the nice, original box that it came in has a lifetime warranty


    Small challenge:
    Purely cosmetic.
    The metal parts on the scales are a bit darkened and I wonder if that can be cleaned up as well or if it's a permanent luster-loss).


    Next steps if it is deemed salvageable is to have it honed and cleaned up.


    Btw, does anyone know around what years this razor was manufactured?


    Anyway, some obligatory pictures.


    Luckily no cracks or chips off the scales.
    The blade looks a tad dark but apart from the slight 'frown' it doesn't seem to be in too bad of a state?



    "Frowning?":



    Duckies on one side....



    ...and duckies on the other....



    ...duckies everywhere.





    It did come with the original, old box which was nice:

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    Yep, it has a frown but it can be fixed with some honing. If you don't have your honing skills down yet, I would send it out to a pro. Also the metal pieces will polish up. Thats not a problem. Usually some Maas polish or similar like Mothers will polish them up. If you don't know how to hone yet, I would send it out to be honed. it definitely has potential. It doesn't look as bad as others I've seen. Do you have any hones yet? Also, you will want to practice on another cheap straight you can pick up for a few bucks on eBay. You don't want to practice on that one. You can go here & read over many different topics on honing:

    Category:Honing - Straight Razor Place Library

    Here are gssixguns YouTube vids on honing:

    https://www.youtube.com/user/gssixgun/videos

    Just scroll down where it says "load more". Also here are Lynn's YouTube vids which you will find a lot of good nformation along with his honing video's:

    https://www.youtube.com/user/LynnSAbrams/videos

    There's a wealth of information here & I think SRP has the best straight razor info you will find on the net. Lynn's dvd is good to have also. You can see a lot of his work on YouTube but you won't go wrong if you have a few bucks for the dvd. I have it & I like it. I have learned from it. If you have any other questions just ask on the forum or on this thread you made. You can also feel free to pm me if you like & I'll steer you in the right direction.
    Good luck with the duck! Hey, I'm a poet & didn't know it. Rhyme every time!
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    Thanks!
    I don't intent to hone it myself as I don't want to mess it up any more as have neither the equipment or skills to do it on my own.
    I think investing in someone to do it professionally is the way to go for me right now.

    Happy to hear that it's salvageable.
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    Nice looking razor you got there. With a little help, it will be a fine shaver.


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    Go to Walmart and buy Mothers polish. Red jar. Less than $10. Clean rag and 30 minutes to the brass and scales . You will be shocked and amazed at the positive upgrade YOU will see.
    Put the blade on a flat surface and check how much light comes under that frown. That will give you a good gauge of how much steel from the ends has to come off.
    Your only as good as your last hone job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkbulb View Post
    Thanks!
    I don't intent to hone it myself as I don't want to mess it up any more as have neither the equipment or skills to do it on my own.
    I think investing in someone to do it professionally is the way to go for me right now.

    Happy to hear that it's salvageable.
    That's cool. I think you made a smart decision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by engine46 View Post
    That's cool. I think you made a smart decision.
    You can see here in my blog how I cleaned up a razor but whatever you do, don't use a Dremel like I do. I only use one to polish a blade plus you have to know how to use one or you can ruin a blade in a split second, but by looking at my blog, you will see how my razor cleaned up just using Maas & Mothers.

    http://straightrazorplace.com/member...me-polish.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by engine46 View Post
    You can see here in my blog how I cleaned up a razor but whatever you do, don't use a Dremel like I do. I only use one to polish a blade plus you have to know how to use one or you can ruin a blade in a split second, but by looking at my blog, you will see how my razor cleaned up just using Maas & Mothers.

    http://straightrazorplace.com/member...me-polish.html
    Odd. When i try to open up your images in that post I get the message 'invalid attachment'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkbulb View Post
    Odd. When i try to open up your images in that post I get the message 'invalid attachment'.
    Funny, it opens up for me! Try this, then click on the title:

    Straight Razor Place Forum - Recent Blogs Posts - Blogs
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    Quote Originally Posted by engine46 View Post
    Funny, it opens up for me! Try this, then click on the title:

    Straight Razor Place Forum - Recent Blogs Posts - Blogs

    Weird. Same result. Invalid attachment. I wonder if it's only me.

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