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    Default Old Sheffield brought back to life

    First, sorry for not being that much around as I use to lately, I've been spending a lot of time in the shop the last few weeks.

    Lately I've put the custom restoration a side and have been working mostly on original resores, not much to show off really, but this one I wanted to share.

    Picked this up for $17 at a huge thrift market last weekend, it's a unbranded 7/8 Sheffield, almost full wedge. The blade was in desent shape and the scales looked quite nice except for a small crack on the reverse scale, that was untill I unpinned it....

    The reverse scale I didn't even try to rescue so I made a new one, but the front I was determined to save.

    It had several cracks, a huge pice of the inside had fell off and by the wedge pin the bone had splitted.

    I left it soaking in almond oil for 48 hrs before I cleaned it and sanded it down, carefully cut off the loose pieces, and sanded some more.

    Then I rebuilt the missing parts using epoxy, came out surprisingly well actually :)

    The text on the scales was pressed into the horn, but 150-160 years of wear have made it kinda shallow, so to get the gold back in the lettering I couldn't just fill it with paint and wipe off the excessive, I had to repaint every single letter using a 0,2mm brush, I think this process alone took me about 1,5 hrs, it's not perfect, but I'm happy with it.

    The blade was buffed to 320 grit and left at a satin finish.

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    Thanks for looking :)
    Rune

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    Eh, very nice work! Congratulations Rune, it doesn't even look like the same razor :)

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    I call BS, that is not the same razor-----WOW, fantastic. How did you clean up the scales?

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    Thanks guys!

    Quote Originally Posted by Doc226 View Post
    How did you clean up the scales?
    First I used dishwashing soap and a scrubbing sponge (not sure what you call it, one of these kitchen sponges with a green scrubby side), when that didn't remove anymore I wet sanded with 400 grit paper, then I used a needle to scrape out as much as possible of what was left in the cracks in the horn.
    Rune

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    Wow that doesn't look like the same razor. Very nice work Rune.
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    very nice work... i hope it shaves as well as it looks...
    a nice walk in the woods helps me relax and relieves tension....

    the fact i'm dragging a shovel and a body should be irrelevant...

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    Unbelievable!!!
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    That looks Great!

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    Spending time in the shop never needs to be excused (not here anyway, perhaps to SWMBO )

    Stellar work my friend, I love how you saved the old scales. It would had been very easy to just thrash them & make new ones, but it would never had been the same.
    Sweet!
    Can-can scratch patterns!

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    Thanks all :)


    Quote Originally Posted by honed View Post
    Spending time in the shop never needs to be excused (not here anyway, perhaps to SWMBO )

    Stellar work my friend, I love how you saved the old scales. It would had been very easy to just thrash them & make new ones, but it would never had been the same.
    Sweet!
    I have to admit that the idea of making some new did pass though my mind, but something made me change my mind and save the original, and I'm glad I did.

    It sort of kept the spirit of the razor.
    Rune

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc226 View Post
    I call BS, that is not the same razor-----WOW, fantastic. How did you clean up the scales?
    I had to look more than once too!

    Incredible job, Rune!
    -josh



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    very very nice
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    Nice work! That V R is someone's trade mark.
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    From what I read, I believe it means Victoria Regina (referring to the name of the Queen of England) - I've read of razors that were issued to the military being marked with the name of the actual monarch of the time. This would date this razor between 1837 - 1901, according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_Regina

    Great find, and even better restore!




    Quote Originally Posted by grump View Post
    Nice work! That V R is someone's trade mark.

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    wait..is that gold etched makers mark info or just the lighting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smalltank View Post
    wait..is that gold etched makers mark info or just the lighting?
    Gold paint

    Don't know if it was there originally, but I thought it fitted the razor.
    Rune

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