I just got in a very nice Tally Ho razor. The stamp on the tang is deep (really deep) and dark, and the etching on the blade is in very good condition, except for toward the tip where there is discoloration and rust.
The scales are obviously not original, and will have to go eventually, but my first concern is that there is some rust (appears inactive). Normally not a problem, but it has such a cool etching, and it would really be a shame to lose it. What is the best way to remove the rust? If some discoloration remains, I am ok with it, I just don't want to lose the etch. The back side of the blade is actually really well polished, where I had expected to see tool marks.
The razor is not sharp (maybe I could cut some bread?) so I will need to hone it up, but currently, the areas of the blade that would make contact with the hone are VERY smooth, showing no characteristic stone scratches. Is it possible this thing has never been used? (Ground, Initial Bevel Set, Polish Blade, Etch, Send Out, Not Be Used). I am guessing this is a further stretch of the imagination, since the scales have been replaced, but we all have to dream, don't we?
How old is it? According to Uniclectica, Frederick Fenney was in business from 1824 to 1852, but any idea on where in there it might be?
As for the scales, where do I go to find some good horn scale material (or some vintage horn scales)? I would like to put some scales back on the razor that would be similar to the scales that were original (and all the Tally Ho pictures I have found have had horn scales).
Now for the moment you have all been waiting for, pictures!
7/8" F. Fenney Tally Ho with running fox and HUGE barber's notch (I think I am going to like that!).
Deep, dark stamp on tang.
Etching on blade. You will see the discoloration toward the tip, you may also be able to see the darker areas of rust.
Naturally it's a near wedge, I seem to be going through a phase where I really like this grind... Maybe it's not a phase, maybe it's here to stay!