Old Sheffield brought back to life

Discussion in 'Restoration & Razor Making How-To's.....' started by Zephyr, May 16, 2012.

  1. 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.

    Before:

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    After:

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    Thanks for looking :)
     
  2. Eh, very nice work! Congratulations Rune, it doesn't even look like the same razor :)
     
  3. I call BS, that is not the same razor-----WOW, fantastic. How did you clean up the scales?
     
  4. Thanks guys!

    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.
     
  5. Wow that doesn't look like the same razor. Very nice work Rune.
     
  6. very nice work... i hope it shaves as well as it looks...
     
  7. Wid

    Wid

    Unbelievable!!!
     
  8. That looks Great!
     
  9. Spending time in the shop never needs to be excused (not here anyway, perhaps to SWMBO :biggrin: )

    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!
     
  10. Thanks all :)


    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.
     
  11. joshmpdx

    joshmpdx Moderator Emeritus

    :lol: I had to look more than once too!

    Incredible job, Rune!
     
  12. very very nice
     
  13. Nice work! That V R is someone's trade mark.
     
  14. 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!




     
  15. wait..is that gold etched makers mark info or just the lighting?
     
  16. Gold paint :tongue_sm

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

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