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    Found this interesting razor in the wild last night and would like some information. the scales look to be home made (who ever did it did a pretty good job) out of some kind of wood. There is no other writing on it other than the warranted of the best steel. i'm thinking
    of just polishing it up and leaving the scales as is, what would you do?
    Any guesses as to its maker?
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    It is a nice find. I know Joseph Elliot had put his mark on the blade only on some of his razor. So that makes him a possible. I also have a blade or two with no maker name. One is simply marked Sheffield and the other is the his one. It is marked universally approved best silver steel and etched on the blade is warranted razor. I have no idea how we would ever decide definitively who made them.
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    Nice razor no matter the missing maker. What are those pins made from? If it's steel, there's a high risk of rust which may migrate over time into the pivot. It's such a nice blade, if it were mine I'd put it in horn with brass pins and washers..... But I also have a lot of blades without scales at the moment. lol.
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    That is a great find! My favourite find and restore is another, rescaled by owner, wedge. I cleaned and honed it. It gives me Joy every time I see it. And, it shaves a treat.
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    Excellent find there! Way to go keeping an eye out for razors "out in the wild". Love to hear it when we find them in person. I've got a couple that have homemade scales from long ago and enjoy seeing the work someone did to keep their blade operational. I've made replacement scales for some of my own and I'd like to think that 150 years down the road someone else might appreciate them in the same way. Enjoy shaving with this one and the connection to its history!
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    Thanks guys, I'm really curious about it as there are some "clues" that make me think it was worked on recently. the spine and bevel are still shiny and the blade is sharp enough to shave leg hairs. also the pins are steel but are still shiny as well. the wood has patina which makes me think it is a old restore. The history mystery is driving me nuts
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    Leave it as is ,Vern.
    Well, maybe replace the nails with pins and collars, but it does have nice character, as it is.
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