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    Okay, so I wanna know, what methods/products you guys use to re-blue a tang? I know that my wife's grandfather (who was a gunsmith until about 2 years ago when his dementia set in) preferred hot bluing to cold on anything and everything, but I don't see how you would do just the tang of a razor, plus, I'd be worried about temper issues.

    So, let's hear it- what are your methods/preferred products and why?

    p.s.- The more clever among you could probably figure out what I have coming that I need the info for, based on my previous posts and razors. Anyone up for an SRP scavenger hunt?
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    I simply use a Bluing recommended by Glen and I don't recall the name off hand. I store it in wide mouth test tubes that have screw tops. With the tang spotless I just hold the razor by the spine and dip the tang into the tube. Works just great
    for me and I do as many dips as I need for the desired effect.
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    I would go with some cold blueing thing, my old stuff contains cyanide, there is probably something better and safer to use today.
    (... and I thought dementia came with the gunsmiths trade)
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    lz6, do you sand through the old bluing that was already there? Also, if you happen to think of the name of the product, or if someone else knows what it is (I'm looking at you, Glen ), let me know. My only bluing experience has been touchup with a bluing pen, though I've read a little bit about hot bluing (and I do mean a little bit).

    Lemur, I dunno if dementia comes with the trade, but apparently that man was one heck of a smith. I've talked to several people around here and in a few nearby places that either had work done by him or knew of his reputation. The only work I got to see of his was right before the dementia set in. He restored a Colt Model 1855 pocket revolver and gave it to my wife and I as a wedding gift. I can't remember if it's the .28 or .31 model.

    Here's a photo of one (not the one he restored... I only wish that thing was cased and had all the accessories)


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Size:  52.2 KBI have been actually using and trialing out duracoat and cerakote with excellent results so far on the entire razor, blade and tang.
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    I tell you, I've been strongly considering picking up a starter kit for duracoat or creakote... mainly for things other than razors. Although, this certainly intrigues me. I can see it now, find an army/navy straight on the bay, make a pair of scales from some 1/8" thick kydex and duracoat/creakote the blade!

    I wouldn't use this for the razor I have on the way, but to hijack my own thread and for future reference, how does it effect honing in terms of scratches, bevel angle, etc.?
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    Lots of info in this thread http://straightrazorplace.com/worksh...ing-print.html .

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    Thanks, Bob! I dunno how I missed that in my search.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crouton976 View Post
    Thanks, Bob! I dunno how I missed that in my search.
    No worries, I have a tough time with searches me self. Bluing a tang is pretty easy really.

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    Yeah... in a way you can get buried in info and gloss over exactly what it is you're looking for.


    Oh, and just for those of you who don't feel like going on the scavenger hunt, here's what I will be shaving with tonight!


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