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    Quote Originally Posted by Genericcreativename View Post
    I'm trying my hand and a few fits of unbridled rage at restoring my first razor. I picked this up and it was labeled as a Joseph Rodgers C1870. The blade came as is in the first photo. Scaleless and afraid. I went at it with some 80 grit greaseless compound and was irked to find that there was an exorbatent amount of pitting underneath. I've been at it for nearly three hours now. I was experimenting to see how the metal behaved under light pressure, firm pressure, rolling movements, see saw, etc... I was trying to save the shoulder and stamp but when I cut away little by little with the 80 grit it was revealed to have been worn away before I got to it. I see now that the compound leaves everything "softer". The edges, profile, notch, and blade face looks to have much softer features. I don't think I mind. Wait, where am I?Attachment 278089Attachment 278090Attachment 278091Attachment 278092
    That blade is pretty far gone. I don’t want to discourage you, but I would set that one aside and start with something a little easier. 80 grit greaseless can be very unforgiving. It’s already starting to eat away at the edge and all of the corners.
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    You're definitely right. The motions that I used and the different pressures while using them have shown me what such low grit can do to the steel of a blade. I'm nowhere near done with this razor and I'll destroy it if I have to in order to learn a few things. There's only so much you can learn from reading and rereading articles in the wiki and watching some grainy film shot at bad angles online. Some things you have to learn the hard and expensive way.
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    While that is true, you may learn more from it by first developing some skills on easier projects. That one is a doozy. I am not sure it can be saved with a buffer, actually I doubt that it can be would e more accurate wording. I think that it is at that point that perhaps it is a good candidate for learning regrinding on.
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    Never tell me the odds until after I’ve done it.
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    Winter maintenance.
    Rebuilt a two stroke trimmer carb, chipper shredder primer bulb replacement, and then ran some sea foam through the mower before packing it away for the season.
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    I need to run some seafoam 8n my equipment too. Thanks for reminding me Mike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joamo View Post
    Yesterday I grabbed a random razor from my to do pile. It was a 4/8, makers mark unknown to me (if anyone recognizes it, please let me know) with some small chips toward the nose. As I'm honing, I'm impressed with how slender and dainty the blade is compared to other 4/8's I've honed.
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    It looks like this trademark is for Thiers Issard and was first used in 1910. Cool!
    History of Thiers Issard trademarks registration
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    Doing a clean up, on my first W.H. Morley & Sons Clover Brand.
    Its in great shape, with light to moderate hone wear, and some light rust around the pivot, area. Nothing some "Blade Bling", and a rag, won't cure.

    The blade was naked, when I found it in the wilds. So I dug up a set of scales that fits it very well, but needs someone's initial removed from it. A clean, sand, and fill with CA, will remedy that in short order. A search through the used collar pile, should yield a match, to the ones on the wedge pin.
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    I often like to leave the initials in place, however those ones look less then desirable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RezDog View Post
    I often like to leave the initials in place, however those ones look less then desirable.
    They also look pretty deep!
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