Last week I impulse bought a Boker 1056, and now I want to restore it to usability, if possible.
It had obvious red rust, which I polished off. However, after polishing the blade is still dark:
I Like the look but I wonder if that's doing damage. It doesn't look like there's any huge pitting, but the only thing I have for comparison is a spare
Rolls blade which does have huge pitting on one side that even 100 grit wouldn't get rid of at more than a snails pace.
So I have a couple of questions: Do I have to sand all the darkening away to get it usable and stable?
Two, if i want to get it honed and re-scaled, is going to a local shop a good option? There is one here that says they service straight razors, called "the Sharp Shop".
They sell Barber's products, sharpen anything, and sell some wet shaving stuff. Anybody heard of them?
Here's there rather barebones website: http://sharpshoplv.com/
If not I'm sure there's a post somewhere with good vendors listed. Whippeddog etc.