I tried shaving with my Tip-Top the other day and it feels good enough to make it worthwhile to continue with the restoration. The action of the scales seemed loose when I was shaving, so I figured I should rescale it. I suppose I could just peen the pivot pin a bit, but there are other issues, not the least of which is removing the rust on the tang just near the pivot - i.e. protected by the scales.
So what it the best way to remove the pins? I'd like to save the scales. Not sure if I want to reuse them here, but eventually. I was planning on simply filing (very carefully) the pins by hand until I reach the washer. Hopefully I can do this without also filing the scales. If this is the way to go, should I file both sides, or just tap the pin out to the unfiled side? The pins are silver in colour and the washer is approximately 1/32 thick.
Also "Restoration". Does that refer just to bringing the razor back as close as possible to the condition and design as original? This Tip-Top just has the two pins, at either end. If I were to add the third pin as a tang stop, would it no longer be a restoration, but a 'modification' or something?
This razor also feels light. That may simply be my being more used to my usual "Best Brand" razor. It may be something I'd get used to after using the Tip-Top for a while. Does anyone have any opinions on whether or not I should add backing plates (thin brass) to the scales? This would add weight as well as strengthen/support the scales. I'm thinking it may also throw the balance off.
Advice? Thoughts? Opinions?