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    i am buying a nice blade with no sales. i see how to make scales using the preexisting ones as a guide. with no guide is it possible to make a scale for this razor?

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    Yes. If I wasn't on my phone I'd send you s link to the right thread. You can also check out the superior shave and classic shaving as they regularly stock replacement sales. CT knife also sells pre made scales.

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    is this implying that all scales are very similar in size and dimension? if that is the case i can use some i already have as forms

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    Yep. That is what I do for custom jobs.

    Trace the razor on a piece of paper, then sketch out a scale shape you like to fit the razor sketch. Cut out your template and transfer it to your scale blanks.

    Check out the restoration video series from Undream: there are about 10 videos in the series.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coloradogarrett View Post
    is this implying that all scales are very similar in size and dimension? if that is the case i can use some i already have as forms
    Short answer is that you should be safe using existing scales for forms provided that you match the blade size.

    Most razors are roughly the same size for each width. So a 6/8 blade will fit into most 6/8 scales, and may fit into scales for a 5/8 or 7/8 but won't fit into scales for a 4/8 or 8/8.

    Caveat:
    Some makers are outside the norm. I have found that Pumas are slightly longer than the norm and it is hard to find non-Puma scales that will a Puma.
    Some razors are shorter than the norm too. While you can fit a short razor into scales designed for a longer razor it detracts from the look, or if you use a short razor's scales as forms you'll have problems.

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    Razor scales are fit by width and length,,,

    There are basically 3 sizes of width and 3 sizes of length... these will fit most razors but not all

    Measure width of the blade
    Length of the cutting edge
    Distance from the pivot hole to the longest point of the blade...

    With those three measurements you should be able to determine if a given set of scales will fit...
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    I actually found this vid earlier today. Watched all of the 8 or so videos. Now the only question i have is where is the best place to find an old blade? antique stores or ebay? i read how people on this site find gems on ebay but on other places they say to stay away from the bay. my guess is its just a little of both. find the blade that finds you?

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    eBay is hit or miss. Unitl you have more experience judging razors, stay away from something that you can't see or feel directly. Occasionally, people will have restorable razors on the classifieds here. Also, get a hold of Larry A. at whippeddog.com and ask him to sell you some blades to practice on. Betcha he will have some!

    Here's another video on making scales, by the vererable Charlie Lewis/spazola----> scale making video, G10

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