View Full Version : Is any of these worth buying / restorating as my frist knife?
I have been looking like crazy for my first razor. I want a nice one but have limited amount of money so my plan is to find a cheap good quality razor and send it to someone to get a nice hone / slight restoration.
I have no idea who in Europe does restoration, any members on this forum?
So based on the picture are these razors worth buying and if for how much so that is still any point in restoration?
How would a old razor like the ones in the pic compere to a 72$ Dovo from SRD? I mean is there any point for me to try to hunt for a cheap razor (under 40$) ship it (back and forth states 30$ maybe?) at least hone it (20$ ?) it seems to get so much more expensive. Although on all products above 50€ I might have pay toll here in Finland if it gets caught in the system.
Conclusion I like the old razors, I want a good one for my first real straight, Absolutely max I would like to pay for the razor is 100$ delivered to me.
My untrained eye is having a hard time seeing based on bad pics if a razor is worth buying, I have the list of the good brands but my eye is not trained enough to see based on pics if it is good or not. Any hints except for look after chips and uneven hone wear?
Thanks guys !
I like the idea of buying 2-3 razors immediately so I could try to find my own style of liking. Would be awesome to get them all redone, or maybe just one and practice restoration on the two others to better get into the whole scene.
By knife I assume that you are referring to a straight razor or cut throat razor.
Those seems all right but if you could get more pictures (close ups) that would be better. The other side of the blade too.
If you would have to picture of the other side it might be good.
If I would pick one of the 3, I would take the middle one... Swedish steel is usually great!
Indeed i meant Straight razor, sorry for the knife term. I just got carried away in excitement of a potential set of razors to get started. The seller has not given any other pictures but I belive him when he says one is in very good shape and the two others are in decent shape.
But what about the resto vs a ~70$ dovo, personally the new dovo seems like a better deal but at the same time so boring and lacking the soul of an old blade.
12-08-2009, 02:45 PM
How much is the seller asking for the three razors pictured, and where are they currently located?
If the price is decent, and they are currently in the US, then you might be able to have them shipped direct from seller to a restorer in the US. That restorer would be able to give you a quote on restoration of one or all of the blades prior to starting work, at which point you could decide whether to just have them honed or fully restored before having them shipped to you. Shipping prices would of course have to be agreed upon with the restorer ahead of time.
Without more details on what the markings on the razors are it is difficult for us to give you any sort of value appraisal. But if they are all of Swedish manufacture and are all serviceable with just honing and light restoration, they would be a much better deal than a single new DOVO.
Thanks rockrat. They are located in Sweden otherwise the shipping to US would have been a great idea. They all are the brand Erik Anton Berg, Made in Sweden Eskilstuna which I have read up on that is suppoused to be a very fine brand, maybe not as respected as the german or english brands but I'm more than ok with having a less famous brand as long as it shaves good.
I do not really care for looks, I am more after the best possible straight razor shave I can get for a decent amount of money. I can then later restore scales etc but now i just want to start practisicng tecnique.
12-08-2009, 03:16 PM
In that case, I'd say buy them, fine someone close by to get one or all honed, and start shaving! :)
That way you have 3 different styles to select from to find what you prefer. I would suggest starting with the round point one, as it's a little harder to dig the point into your cheeck with that one.
12-12-2009, 10:06 AM
Thanks its been a lot of effort and hours put in, but its going to be worth it when i get it insured for my daily driver. Does anyone know what they used on the wheel wells previously?
HmmmÖ It would appear last your post was intended for another forumÖ
But it would be well worth it to get all 3, they appear to be good condition. The one in the middle would be a perfect starter, looks like 11/16th or 6/8 round point.
Didn't win the auction they sold for 57$ and that was more than I wanted to pay.
12-13-2009, 06:32 PM
Well thatís about what they are worth and maybe a tad more I suppose.
But there are those who collect Swedish Steel razors and are willing to pay a premium whatever the condition, so donít feel too bad... your razor is out there.
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