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  1. Skrymr

    My second razor

    I finished grinding my second razor yesterday. It is the same shape as my first one, so I wire wrapped the handle to distinguish them a little bit. I hope you like it. Both together: With my 8/8 Henckel's for scale: I still have to set the bevel, and finish honing it. But if it shave's...
  2. Skrymr

    My first hand made straight.

    Since I have access to some grinders at work, among other power tools, I asked my boss if I could use them to make my own straight. Once he realized I was serious he said I could. So off to the bay. I ordered a piece of 1095 tool steel at 1/4 in thick and 1 1/2 X 7 3/4. I was hoping to get two...
  3. Skrymr

    Made Rite 34 Nylon bristle.

    I scored a Made Rite 34 nylon bristle brush today at an antique store. I saw it last time I was in there and didn't get it. It's been bugging me ever since. I stopped in today, and it was still there, so I grabbed it. The post's about similar brushes pushed me over the edge.... I'll give the...
  4. Skrymr

    A question for those who use vintage brushes with the original knot

    I have three vintage brushes in my rotation with the original knots in them. One is Badger, and two are boar. While I know that badger doesn't require a long break in time like boar does, it seems that my vintage boar knots work better than my new production boar right away, and required less...
  5. Skrymr

    Henckels rescaled in Lacewood

    My only "new" razor is a Henckels Friodour Inox 8/8. When I got it it had some plain black plastic scales that while functional, did not do this razor justice. So when I wet to Woodcraft recently for a Chines natural stone I found a nice piece of Lacewood. After much reading here, I got down to...
  6. Skrymr

    Joseph Milton's Superior Razor

    I won this razor on the Bay. It is a near wedge with blond horn scales that are delaminating, so I will be replacing them and clean up the blade. I did a search and am pretty sure this razor is from Sheffield even though it is unlabeled. Has anyone ever heard of this maker before? Here are the...
  7. Skrymr

    heat treating

    I have a couple razor shaped objects that are a work in progress. My next step is heat treating. Texas knife supply won't do it because it is an oil quench steel, they only do air quench. Can anyone recommend someone to do this for me? The steel I used is 1095 tool steel.
  8. Skrymr

    Could you help me ID a new hone?

    I found a hone today while in an antique store. However I have no idea what kind it is. If you could help, I would appreciate it. It is 2 inches wide, by 5 1/2 inches long and about 3/4 of an inch thick. The box it is in has a piece of leather on top of it. Could I sand the leather smooth? Or...
  9. Skrymr

    To restore or not....

    I picked up a new brush in an antique store today. I wasn't really looking for one, but I couldn't pass this one up. It's an Eveready 200, with the marble red base. I knew as soon as I saw it what the draw is for these handles. My problem lies in whether or not to re knot it. I haven't cleaned...
  10. Skrymr

    PIF I've got a couple songs stuck in my head PIF

    Well, it's about time I did a PIF. I've actually had everything together to do one for a while now, I just haven't' gotten around to it. I would like to keep this CONUS to keep shipping costs down. Sorry to our international member's. It is open to all interested CONUS members. If you want...
  11. Skrymr

    I could use some help picking a knot or two

    Merry Christmas Ladies and Gentlemen. I got a gift card that I would like to spend on a new knot for a brush handle I have. (pics attached) The hole diameter is 30 mm, and the depth is 10 mm. I can and will deepen the hole if necessary. I currently have mostly boar brushes, and love the soft...
  12. Skrymr

    Well, I've been wanting to try a badger for a little while now....

    but I just never pulled the trigger. So today I was out picking up a straight razor that caught my eye last week when something else did. :001_tt1: I paid $10.56 for it, how did I do? :w00t: It says L6 (I think) Pure Badger on one side with the Simpsons sticker, and on the other it...
  13. Skrymr

    C-Mon wedge

    Today I was in an antique store looking around, and found a few straight razors. Most notably a C-Mon wedge. Two of them actually that are in pretty good condition. I didn't pick them up, but I'm kind of regretting not getting at least the better of the two. I am finding I like the heavier grind...
  14. Skrymr

    Hone ID help

    I found this old wood box in an antique store and thought it would store one of my straights nicely. Much to my surprise inside was what I think is a razor hone. It was cracked through the middle so I glued it back together with super glue after I lapped it. I lapped fairly easy, to me. It took...
  15. Skrymr

    My coticule progress

    I've had my coticule for a few weeks now, so I thought I would share my progress and perhaps get a little feedback from the experienced users here. I had originally planned on starting with a no name antique store find because it is dull as a butterknife. But my H. & C.W. King called a little...
  16. Skrymr

    a Barbers gift. the Blades.

    I have two other posts describing how I received these razors, so I'll leave that part out here. :tongue_sm So, here are the two razors I received. First up is the Ophir Gem. On one side the tang reads manganese steel 86. On the other ist says H. Geo. Henry, Columbia PA, Made in Germany...
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    A barbers gift. ID help, please.

    I have been gifted a couple razors and three hones form an older Gentleman that is a barber. He is still cutting hair a couple days a week, but is retiring after this year. He used to cut my hair, my Dad's, my Uncle's, and my Grandpa's. My Dad told me he is a member of this American Legion Post...
  18. Skrymr

    Antique store lot.

    I got my lot of new shaving gear today. In it was three razors. The big wedge I posted in my thread abouit how rusty a wedge can be. The other two I will post here. First up is the American razor. I think it's a near wedge? I'm not good at judging grinds. the tang reads: H. & C.W. King, 80...
  19. Skrymr

    I taught my Dad to shave today, our way.

    My Dad recently had his 60th birthday, and I wanted to do something for him shave related. So I got him a silver bowl at an antique store and melted a puck of VDH glycerin soap into it. I also got a VDH boar brush, and a latte mug for making lather. Along with these I gave him a Gem 1912 with...
  20. Skrymr

    Soft, hard, black arkansas progression

    Does anyone use a progression of soft/hard/surgical black Arkansas stones for honing from bevel setting to final polishing? I've been reading as much as I can on hones, but I haven't read much about using them from start to finish. From what I understand they are slow, but you can get a...
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