I have a fairly old straight razor that my dad gave me. He said that his grand-father (My great-grandfather) would shave his great-grandfather (my great-great-grandfather) with it every Sunday afternoon, every week. To say the least, it's pretty cool to have it.
However, it has not been taken care of in probably 40 years or more. There's some rust and one of the (plastic) scales has chipped off pretty bad. If I remember correctly, the razor is made by American Steel out of St. Louis.
My question is this: is a razor like that worth restoring?
Second: How much does it usually cost someone to have the blade restored and then rescaled? I have looked around, and I like more traditional and conservative looks like solid black scales with a shiney finish or some simple wood scales.
I will try to post some pictures of the blade as soon as I can, in order to get some better advice. I was just looking for some general information though. I'd like to shave with a razor that someone 4 generations back used.