I've picked up a straight razor for cheap at a local thrift store and decided to have a go at restoring it. It was a prime candidate since it's not too far gone, I won't do any cutting, just sanding it down and giving it a polish. I might try my hand at making my own set of scales, since the originals are quite cheap looking.
I didn't take pictures of it when I acquired it, It was missing one side of the pivot pin so I knocked it through.
I did slightly sand it down before this pic, but I was most confused by the fact that there were no washers in this razor. Is this normal? I think it was meant to be a cheap razor and this just confirms it.
Anyway, the blade looks like this:
And I managed to sand it down to this;
I'm not finished yet, but I've noticed that the engravings have become harder to read. Is it possible to fill them in with ink, or will the ink just wash out during shaving?
If it turns out good I will donate it to another member as gratitude for the wealth of knowledge contained within this site.