I stopped in a local haunt today and picked up a few DEs and the owner said he had just bought a large collection of straights so I took a look at those too. I normally shave with a Feather straight so admittedly my knowledge on vintage straights is quite limited. He had a good 40+ razors in condition of like new to literally a solid piece of rust. I dug through them and pulled a few out that, thanks to this forum, had names I was familiar with. I left some behind that were in good condition, but I was unfamiliar with and some with names I am familiar with, but were in poor condition (pits on edge, too much rust, frowning etc.).
So, all of this is to say that I did pick these two up. One is a Wade and Butcher and one is a Johan Engstrom frameback. Condition on both is pretty good. I am concerned with a few blemishes closer to the edge on the frameback, but went ahead and bought it. Butcher is dark, but no rust aside from a tiny bit on the spine and the scales are pretty shot. I admit, I was impressed by the quality and sheer heft of the Butcher.
My question is are these worth restoring? I would like to send them to someone who knows what they are doing if its worth the cost, and if not, then I will make my first attempt at restoring some straights with these 2. I'm pretty well versed in the DE restoration world, but this would be uncharted territory.