A couple years ago, a friend let me know that he had shaved with a straight razor, and had some good results. I did what any reasonable human being would have done; I went out and purchased a straight razor start up set from Jim @ Vintage Blades (Jim is awesome, by the way!).
I watched Lynn Abram's DVD, and was all ready to shave. I gave it a couple tries, and was starting to get the hang of it (with a few cuts to prove it!).... Then my military obligations took me away from my home for a bit. My parents moved to a different house, and my razor was put in a storage bin.
I received a Merkur 38C for Christmas, and have been shaving with that, which got me thinking about the straight. After tearing through all of the storage bins in the basement (sorry mom), I found her. And she's not looking so good.
It appears that several spots have developed on different parts of the blade. They feel rough, and they're a dark brown color. Does anybody know what this is? Did I ruin this razor (say it ain't so!)? How do I fix her?
I did not store it oiled, and I know it's not an excuse, but my life was just on the hectic side when it was put in storage. As far as I remember, I gave it a good cleaning the last time I used it.
I've included several pictures for your review. Any assistance would be appreciated. I've learned my lesson, honest.