Thanks for all that info! Now I have to research celluloid rot!
Wow. I'm really glad I got that blade out of there and salvaged right away!Here is a Satin edge I bought a couple weeks ago for $5. The blade is toast, I bought it just for the bolsters, they will clean up just fine.
It is the clear translucent not as volatile as the Cracked Ice but still dangerous. As you can see it ate this blade, it would never hold an edge.
What a PITY those examples show! Incredible.Here is what happens with cell rot and a prime example this is a dubl duck wonderedge with cell rot
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Yes I bought that razor above just for the inlays this next razor is when it has fully gone bad this is a very good example of cell rot in its advanced stage
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This is my razor just starting cell rot
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And I was very lucky as mine started getting the rust spots I polished the blade next day it was back same again the day after so I cut my losses and removed the scales and found some kirinite Pearl this is my razor now minus the Celluloid scales but dressed in kirinite Pearl without the inlays for now until I get time to make a second set for the inlays then it will be very close to how it was when original but with a modern twist
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this is the scales on a test fitting of the inlays still need more work before it ready to fix the inlays
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Hey Phil, This is my, now your, collection of STR8's. There was a time when I collected, loved, used and fawned over these but that time has passed. I have two here that I'm keeping, my Dovo and Puma and I'm gifting these to you. I think they'll be better in your hands, you're at a place I was once was and you'll enjoy them. They've been sitting in a drawer here unloved and that's just not right now, is it? :) There's a genuine DoubleDuck in here, I didn't think it was in good enough shape to send the first time but after seeing what you've done with the other one I'm confident you can fully restore it, and maybe some of the others to their former glory. If I'm not mistaken I've shaved at least once with each of these. Some the blades were awful, others I just didn't like the weight or balance. I'm sure you can find something that suits you.
Ignore this part, you've already answered that:Do you just give up on these entirely, and save the bolsters and chuck the scales altogether and make new scales if you can refurbish the blade (like I'm about to do for the Henckels blade that was in the incorrect DD scales that started ask this!)?
You do not want to save the scales or the wedge, wedges were celluloid also, they will contaminate and eat any steel stored near it. Take a good tracing with the pinholes marked and get rid of them quick.
If you suspect cell rot, remove the scales to save a blade. If the blade is badly pitted, it may never hold an edge.
Gotcha. I have the set off the other scales all polished up and ready to go, just have to actually remove them.“Not sure why I need to be so careful for scales that'll end up in the garbage!”
To save the bolsters, so they can be attached to the new scales. They are very thin and easily damaged. If you bend, kink or scratch them, difficult to repair.