While on a very recent trip to Massachusetts, I stopped in at my uncle's home and I mentioned that I am starting to get involved in wet shaving and I want to buy a straight razor and learn how to use it. He excused himself for a few minutes and then came back with a shoe box that was full of old Gillette razors. But the one that took my eye was an old straight razor still in what seems the original box. He offered me the entire collection. The razors had once been used by the father of a friend of his who died some years ago. The father handed it down to his son, the son presumably added to the collection, and when he died my uncle rescued the shoe box from the trash can. He tucked it away for at least several years. And now the collection is coming to me. I won't be able to take possession of or photos of the straight razor until September 27, because my uncle is bringing it to my home by car. It looks like it has been used heavily used. I am just able to see the following markings with the help of a magnifier:
H. Boker & Co
Manufactured by Wade & Butcher
It has a square blade. I understand those are not the best for a beginning straight razor user to start with.
I don't have any knowledge of straight razors. I would like to have this one restored to a "shave ready" condition if possible and perhaps have the scales replaced -- the original scales look damaged. The amboyna burls I've seen in other threads make me drool. I don't have shop space or woodworking skill so I need to hire someone to do the restoration for me. I would like to shave with this razor. I might buy a new razor that is rounded so I can learn how to shave first, and then graduate to using this old one if it can be restored successfully.
I will post photos to this thread as soon as I can. Does it make sense for a complete beginner with a straight razor to have an old razor restored and then shave with it?
Greenbelt, Maryland, USA