I was looking around on the bay and noticed that there are a few razors with no scales that are available. I'm toying with the idea of re doing a razor(s) for myself. As a hobbyist knife maker I have more scale material than I probably need. All various types of burls many of which have been stabilized, and probably more jade G11 than I'll likely ever need in my lifetime. So I'm thinking about trying to use some of that material to possibly make a few razors. I feel I'm fairly adept at finishing up scales. What I lack however is the knowledge of restoring the steel. Any work I've done with knives involves starting with bar stock and going from there. So what I'm hoping to avoid is getting something only to find out that there is no way it can be made new looking again.
What I was really thinking about was just doing the scale work, and having someone from here who is well received to handle the steel, honing, and shave ready aspect. Which also leads me to the question: Is it best to have the razor completely ready before doing the scales? Or do you just want it cleaned up, then scaled, then the final sharpening?
The second one seems to make the most sense to me since when I make a knife the process goes: Get the blade ready for sharpening, do the scales, then sharpen. I'm guessing the process is similar but just curious.