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    Polishing horn?

    Hi All, I am working on my first horn scales now. Before I start working on the ox horn, I am trying to get in some practice on Buffalo horn. My father-in-law bought a piece as a present for me and sliced it up on his bandsaw. So above what you see top to bottom - bandsaw face, shiny face as...
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    Live by the sword,...

    So I’ve got about 25 straights at this point. Nearly all came from eBay. Average purchase price < $40. I’ve taken a number of risks on super cheap razors with damage (e.g. Heljestrand No24 for $20) and up to now I’ve been able to make every one shave ready, including 2 with obvious chips in the...
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    Thoughts on coffin boxes?

    Hi All, I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole fairly recently (6 months ago) in terms of straight razor use. I immediately acquired a severe case or RAD, which is slowly (oh so slowly) coming under control. This was driven in part by a desire to accelerate my learning of razor honing. So currently...
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    Warped blade

    OK first a warning - some of the below photos are stomach turning. I’m just a noob, try not to be too harsh! I recently took a gamble on a Heljestrand 24 advertised on eBay. It clearly had been treated roughly, with a chip in the blade, but it was cheap, I had been looking for a Heljestrand...
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    Polishing a blade, seeking advice

    Hi All, Seeking advice on how to do a better job of polishing a blade. The subject in this case is a JR Torrey Our 136. When purchased it was covered with black spots. I was hoping to avoid erasing the etching (unlike my last restoration) so I carefully taped over the “Our 136” and proceeded to...
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    Re-pinning question

    So I finally got a present that I had asked for - materials to make and pin scales!:001_smile But that has led to some questions - per the first of my two photos below: 1) In the pinning kit, the wires, wedge pieces and plastic washers make sense. But I was a bit surprised by the metal washers...
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    So did I do this, or is it corrosion?

    So I have been buying beaters on e-bay to practice honing. Recently I got a Ludo Red Imp, that was absolutely black on the tang and tail (first photo). I then tried cleaning it up. I mainly used a Dremel with a felt cloth wheel loaded with abrasive. I tried red, green and white rouge in various...
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    Rolled edge

    Hi All, A relative newbie here - I have about 15 SR shaves under my belt. I’ve done about 5 shaves on a vintage Imperial 6/8” extra-hollow. Past few were actually comfortable. On Wednesday the sharpness seemed off. Inspection with a 60x loupe didn’t show anything but the light reflection test...
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    Stropping - does “when” matter?

    Hi All, Pretty new to straight razors and SR maintenance - my question is this: I know it is important to strop before each shave, but does it actually matter whether I do it right before the shave or merely that I do it at some point between shaves? Background is that I started off with a...
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    Seeking advice on honing a trapezoidal wedge

    Hi All, New to Badger&Blade as well as SR (shaving and honing). I got started about 1 month ago, and since I have experience sharpening kitchen knives and have some free time, I decided to dip my toes into e-bay to get a few vintage razors for experience with both shaving and honing. The 1st 4...
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    2bit_collie's Entry to the Hall of Fame

    What is your real name? Marty Zimmerman What are your nicknames/aliases? Marty Where do you live? Chicago What is your age (or) generation? 55 What are you in the real world? Engineer What is your favorite shave setup? Right now DE, but climbing the straight razor learning...
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