Need some help with this Haddon razor
Hi everyone. I was fortunate (I think) to purchase a Haddon razor from a local consignment store. It's a Haddon razor made in Sheffield, England. I don't hear to much about them so anyone with feedback or comments would help a lot. I'm not sure if it's a collectible or not because it doesn't show up in the Standard Guide to Razors (3rd ed, Ritchie and Stewart).
I at first walked away from this purchase because it had two small chips towards the back of the blade. Then I went back 3 days later thinking I would try to restore it by grinding down the blade, sanding and finally honing it. So that's what I did. Unfortunately I might have ground down a bit too much...I'll explain why I think so in a bit. Below are the progress pics.
Now it's clean, polished and back in its original scales (also cleaned and buffed). The chips are gone and all the rust is gone as well. Here are my questions:
a) It still has some minor pitting on the back near the middle and toe of the blade. I'm not sure if I should go back and remove all the pitting or just leave it. I think I can live with how it is now. What do you people think? It's nice and shiny now and if I go back and sand it then I've got to go through the progression all over again.
b) My main concern is really about the chips that I managed to remove. I know I should have sanded it or honed it down but I wanted the try to do it quickly. It took me a whole 10 seconds to grind down the heel of the blade enough to remove the chips then I stopped. Unfortunately I might have gone just 1 or 2 secs overboard because the blade is not exactly symmetrical as I was trying for a slight smile on the blade edge. The problem is that I can't set the bevel on the last 1/3 of the blade. Is this because I've taken off too much during my grinding phase? Can I keep going on my 1k whetstone and keep taking off steel until I am able to get an even keen edge enough to shave arm hairs or is there something I'm not doing right?
Now, I thought maybe it was my honing technique because I'm a newbie but then I took another razor that I restored and honed it and was able to set the bevel on a 1k whetstone, then went to I think a 4k oil stone, then 6k (or maybe it's an 8k) King Japanese wetstone. These are all the hones I have for now and I was able to shave with my other razor this afternoon - by the way this was my FIRST ATTEMPT at honing a dull razor which came out of my tumbler and I got it to shave ready after stropping on linen and leather of course!! This took my about 45 mins.
Great Canadian Travelling Box 2 (aka CTB#2)