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    Hi Guys,

    I just start in restoring old straight razors. Here a french blade A.Doupeux, that I wanted to polish with different grits. I do not have a grinder machine yet with coton wheels, I only had a "Dremel" with small wheels ...I could load easily the "Formax greasless compound 80 grit" It dryed prety perfectly on the small wheel.

    Started with it...could not feel the heat of the blade because of my gloves...I guess next time I will not take protection gloves.

    Everything went well at beginning...I have put the blade on a wood plate to be flat and secure.

    After fininshing my second pass I found an overheat on the other side of the blade (not the side I worked, but the other side) Only on the bevel (all the bevel lengh)...here pictures.

    Probably this would not happen if I would have used a grinder and not a small tool.

    Now can you please tell me if there is a way to save the blade and how?? What would you suggest me? Should I through the blade away?

    Thanks to let me know

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    No don't throw the blade away I doubt if it's lost its temper, the trouble with the Dremel it spins far to fast creating heat and friction very quickly, if you can control the speed and be very aware and use it with a minimum amount of time your blade should be ok, ideally buy yourself a little bench polisher with a few mops, plus a few compounds varying from 300 grit grey sisal pre-finish compound green pre-polish then finally pink finishing polish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by celticcrusader View Post
    No don't throw the blade away I doubt if it's lost its temper, the trouble with the Dremel it spins far to fast creating heat and friction very quickly, if you can control the speed and be very aware and use it with a minimum amount of time your blade should be ok, ideally buy yourself a little bench polisher with a few mops, plus a few compounds varying from 300 grit grey sisal pre-finish compound green pre-polish then finally pink finishing polish.
    Thank you so much for answer...so what do I do now with it...I continu the job with a grinder trying to polish these black spots in the bevel? By the way what hapens when there is a real overheat on a blade, it will break, rust? we can't shave with it anymore?

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    One solution is to not use gloves, I don't and have never had problems.
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    Bigger wheels, no gloves, a foot pedal for controlling speed, all help. The bench buffer also will generate great amounts of heat and spoil a blade quickly. Any time I am using a bench buffer I keep water on hand to cool and lubricate the blade. I have no idea how much heat it takes to spoil a blade, but it is so thin I doubt it takes much. You should see if it will hold an edge before you put too much more time into it.
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    Use a piece of wood with a thoroughly soaked paper towel. The wet towel will absorb the heat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rolodave View Post
    Use a piece of wood with a thoroughly soaked paper towel. The wet towel will absorb the heat.
    Ok I'll try that one...now what do I do with that one???? should I polish the "black part?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RezDog View Post
    Bigger wheels, no gloves, a foot pedal for controlling speed, all help. The bench buffer also will generate great amounts of heat and spoil a blade quickly. Any time I am using a bench buffer I keep water on hand to cool and lubricate the blade. I have no idea how much heat it takes to spoil a blade, but it is so thin I doubt it takes much. You should see if it will hold an edge before you put too much more time into it.
    Yes I plan to buy a grinder bench...would you use a "6" or "8" wheel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mainaman View Post
    One solution is to not use gloves, I don't and have never had problems.
    Yes stefn, I think I will put aside the gloves...hoping I will be safe :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoningStones View Post
    Yes I plan to buy a grinder bench...would you use a "6" or "8" wheel?
    get an 8". you'll thank yourself later

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