I'm a newbie to all of this stuff. I've only been shaving with a DE razor for a couple of months. I'm not really ready to start with a straight, but I picked up a couple of vintage straights at an antique store this weekend. One is in pretty bad shape aesthetically. Actually, the blade doesn't look awful. The scales are in pretty bad shape. I think from what I've researched that it's an old Shumate blade out of St. Louis. To be honest, the only reason I got it was because of the box. It had a reference to Oklahoma City and I live in Oklahoma. It also says "Made in Germany". Here's the weird part, though. The box says "Spear No.3", and the scales have the "Spear" logo, but the blade has Shumate and St. Louis on it. I wondered if the blade and the scales weren't originally together. Does that ever happen? Anyway, the other blade I got is a Wester Bros. blade and it's in decent shape. However, that's my opinion and again, I don't know anything about this stuff. I was wondering if anyone on here did some basic cleaning and restoration for a fee. I bought both of them at an antique store in Bethany, OK. They were each marked $32.50, and after declining initially, the lady told me she'd sell them both to me for $30, so I figured what the heck. If nothing else, I'll get them cleaned up and keep 'em around for nostalgia or something. I'll post pics tonight. Any info is greatly appreciated...particularly if anyone knows anything about Shumate or Wester Bros.