I purchased this razor sight unseen from whippeddog.com and on the site, it states that the blades are cleaned, disinfected, and honed. I have shaved with it once, and it did an excellent job (I blame any issues with the shave itself on my beginner technique and not the blade)
The blade has some small black spots on it, and where the shank and spacer are on the scales, there is also this black type of residue. On the scales would this be a lubricant or does it just need a more thorough cleaning? On the blade, is this something I should worry about trying to polish out? I ran my fingers over the hollow part of the grind in the blade, and I couldn't actually feel the spots, so i don't think it is pitted. If polishing it will get it cleaned up, what type of polish should I use. I have seen Maas mentioned, and some people have said to use cheap toothpaste. If you can't tell I am a complete newbie to straights in general, and other than a bit of reading here haven't done any real research either.