View Full Version : Tool list for razor making and restoration
07-10-2009, 10:07 AM
I would like to try my hand at making a razor and am wondering what tools I would need to get started. Right now, I am just a hobbyist but don't like to waste money on cheap tools that fall apart, on the other hand I don't need top shelf stuff either.
So the questions are
What tools do I need to make razors and scales?
Where are good sources to buy the above tools?
What tradeoffs can be considered, and what tools most important and shouldn't be skimped on?
07-11-2009, 05:59 AM
I think you are not getting many responses because of the statement of "making razors"
If you are talking about actually making the Steel part you are getting into a more specialized area ...
If you are talking about making scales and polishing the metal that is a bit easier....
07-11-2009, 01:33 PM
I figure it's more of cutting a blank and going from there. Steel is readily available for this purpose and you can get any grade you want from carbon steel to stainless to damascus. I assume building a blade and scales requires many of the same tools used in Knife making. Some sort of belt grinder, a band saw, a polisher of some kind, a forge for hardening, dremels, ...
Most of this same equipment would be good to have for restoration, but I assume you can get away with a nice Dremel set and a cheap table sander from Sears to do most everything needed to polish the blade and make new scales.
I have built black powder kit guns as a kid. I built complete stock sets from scratch for blackpowder rifles and grips for revolvers using nothing but a skill saw and sand paper. I'm older now and would want better tools, so I am wondering what is really needed to start with.
07-11-2009, 11:08 PM
Yes yer right and you have a near complete list above...
Really most of the work on razors is fairly light duty...
A 2x72 inch belt grinder would do most everything you might want, and I would add a buffer to the list you have, no more than 1725 rpm...
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