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    A decent old pair of ivory-scaled Sheffields, one with a cracked scale which needs replacement
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    After disassembly of the damaged razor, a hard look thru the parts bin produces the only viable candidate. I needed something larger, not smaller, so as to match the 3 remaining scale halves.

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    Finding a donor with the exact pin hole spacing is a dream. As you can see, they were off by about a half-hole. Best it was going to get!

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    A small, pointed jeweler's file slightly slotted all 4 holes in the right directions until the holes aligned.

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    Back apart, the parts to be sanded down to were taped. most on the original scale, the tip of the replacement scale. Then, bolted back together.

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    Using a Dremel fine drum sander, Low speed sanding smoothly as possible till the tape was hit evenly everywhere. I do this with a fan blowing across the work, taking the stinky dust away!

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    Unbolted the halves again, removed tape. Looking pretty decent!

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    Bolted back together. Here is where the hand sanding, matching contours, polishing, more contour sanding comes in!

    After doing my best, unbolted, smoothed a bit and polished!

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    The tips of the original-scaled razor are slightly taller at top at this point.

    A good match for the other set of scales, save a bit shorter on the top. The other razor will be completely disassembled and the tips matched to the repaired set using the same technique. Probably best to have unpinned everything as my collarless peens never quite seem to match the factory ones!

    No more ivory is being made, so saving and using scale halves is the only way I have to replace them. As long as the halves last, that is!

    This works well for me as trying to do more exact work such as in pairs. I have used it on bone and Bakelite as well.
    Blue masking tape works great too. On single razors, sanding some here on one side, there on the other, usually makes a slightly different scale than either started as, but more often, turns out pretty good!
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    Great Tutorial Tom! I really appreciate the time and effort you ( and all the Mentors @SRP) take to help out us less experienced guys. This is what SRP is all about IMO...not just showing off what one man can do BUT actually showing us how you do it to be able to re-create and restore some of the wonderful vintage blades that are out there in the wild to be found and made new again.



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    Thank you, Mike! Indeed, anyone could do this with the right donor scale, some teeny nuts and bolts. I use a dremel drum for the bulk work, but hand sanding works well, albeit slower. I expect a belt sander with fine grit would work fine too. The tape just gives a visual when enough is enough and the hand work begins!

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    Great writup and a good reason to save everything,esp. old scales and wedges,I saved everything for yrs.I just shipped off 54lbs of Ivory scrap befor the hammer falls in a few weeks,by than you will no longer be able to sell and ship any Ivory scaled razor anywhere leagally.
    You will not be able to sell your vintage piano with Ivory Keys. we have to save the elephants.
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    Thanks, Pixel! Yes, Bill, a shame we cannot trade in old ivory soon. It is what it is. I surely do not agree with the modern poaching of ivory, and I am shure all of us feel same. In antiquities, the bits and pieces from history should be exempt. IMO, but the powers that be have proclaimed it is not to be. This was the plastic and acrylic of the bygone day. I save even the smaller broken bits. Perhaps I shall make ivory wedges for this pair from them. Why not? I should own them forever, I suppose!

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    The new edict is not yet cast in stone,we shall know mid june.If all happens as Obama wants,Your martin Guitar with Ivory inlay is illegal to ship anywhere (understand, you can own ivory) your 100 yr old bosendorfer Piano with Ivory keys is verbotten.
    An Orchestra will not be able to travel with vintage instruments that contain Ivory,your Pool Que with an Ivory ferrull cannot be taken out of your home state, your Colt 45 with 100 yr old grips is illegal.
    Poached modern day Ivory, never comes to this country,it is sold to China and japan, they buy it at auction leagally, the are licensed by international Law to do so.
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    Great tute Tom. How much leeway do you allow when slotting the holes ? Did you pin sans washers finally ?.
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    Quote Originally Posted by onimaru55 View Post
    Great tute Tom. How much leeway do you allow when slotting the holes ? Did you pin sans washers finally ?.
    Thanks, Oz! I figure about that half a hole is the most I could afford on these. Keep in mind I took a bit from each pin hole to get alignment. Also, these oldies have a bit smaller than 1/16 pins, so that also gives a bit of breathing room as filing. It all comes together decent. That way, I have less chance that one will show noticeably. If I were using regular collars, I would be in.
    I will probably use some extremely small silver wire collars which I can peen over. You won't really see them, but they will be less hairy to pin and will hide a few tiny sins.
    I started this here, so I may go thru the process, if some are interested. Any shortcuts or techniques you guys know of might help! Always up for suggestions. Some of the simplest things are so useful. We just don't think of them! Like the tape here. Made a world of difference and saved a ton of frustrating sanding by not going too far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharptonn View Post
    I started this here, so I may go thru the process, if some are interested.
    It ain't over till it's over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by onimaru55 View Post
    It ain't over till it's over.
    THAT sounds as a challenge!
    Oh well, I am gonna do it anyway!

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