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Advice on ivory scales please

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Spent today cleaning up the corrosion on the blades and pinned them.
Just took my time and did it right. I did use collars on the pins, so I had enough confidence to pin them tighter than what they were. They are fine now, not as tight as I prefer, but at least they don’t flap around.
I am very happy with the result.

Tomorrow I will hone them and put them through a balsa progression. No doubt in my mind they will be great shavers.

Thanks for the advice and support guys!
 
Ivory is not as fragile as most think. Unpinning requires drilling out, a new sharp bit is a must. I usually file the mushroom flat and the drill out. Never use flush clutters.

I usually lightly sand the inside and outside of the scales and then buff, they end up looking like new.

Re pinning is fine as long as you don’t miss the pin, many, many, many light taps are needed, a little loser than most others is a good place to stop.
 
Ivory is not as fragile as most think. Unpinning requires drilling out, a new sharp bit is a must. I usually file the mushroom flat and the drill out. Never use flush clutters.

I usually lightly sand the inside and outside of the scales and then buff, they end up looking like new.

Re pinning is fine as long as you don’t miss the pin, many, many, many light taps are needed, a little loser than most others is a good place to stop.
Yeah, after working with it I am more confident that ivory is not as fragile as I thought. It’s because I have seen so many broken or cracked ivory scales that I thought it must be fragile.
My project went well without any mishaps.
The razors shave great and the ivory feels good in the hand.
 
I recently used Barkeeper's friend on two 'new' old blades. It darkened the steel where there were imperfections. It's a great product for a lot of things, but maybe not razor steel. I was able to polish out the staining with some Flitz and a felt wheel on a dremel.
 
I recently used Barkeeper's friend on two 'new' old blades. It darkened the steel where there were imperfections. It's a great product for a lot of things, but maybe not razor steel. I was able to polish out the staining with some Flitz and a felt wheel on a dremel.
BKF is good for converting light areas of active red rust to black, which is inert. But the same chemical process can put a bit of patina on clean steel. It helps if you don't leave it on very long. A warm vinegar soak works similarly and will patina the blade too. As a matter of fact I have a razor that has a tiny bit of patina at the edge from testing the bevel with a cherry tomato when I was honing.
 

Steve56

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Jewelry polishing pads have been the best thing I’ve found for cleaning/polishing ivory. No chemicals needed. They work really well on some types of blade rist/oxidation/pitting too. Best price has been on Etsy.

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You can make new thrust washers, by smashing no. 0 wide brass flat washer with a hammer on an anvil or any flat steel. Make them as thin as you want, you will need to re-drill the hole, easy with a 1/16th drill bit in a pin vise.

Or clean the old thrust washers, soak in Simple Green or any degreaser to wash off all the black tarnish, then a quick soak in Vinegar 10-15 minutes. This will make them pinkish, put the washer on your fingertip, a dab of any metal polish on a paper towel on the bench and polish the washer on your fingertip.

They will turn black again as the brass tarnishes but can be cleaned with WD40 and paper towels.

I have been using PETE clear plastic from water bottles to make clear thrust washers using a leather hand punch. Punch a ¼ in. disc then a 1/16th in. hole in each. They are bullet proof, very smooth yet can be tightened and will never tarnish like brass. Also, they are near invisible when used with transparent scales.
 

Steve56

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I recently used Barkeeper's friend on two 'new' old blades. It darkened the steel where there were imperfections. It's a great product for a lot of things, but maybe not razor steel. I was able to polish out the staining with some Flitz and a felt wheel on a dremel.

Read the labels. Never use acids on carbon steel.
 

Steve56

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I have been using PETE clear plastic from water bottles to make clear thrust washers using a leather hand punch. Punch a ¼ in. disc then a 1/16th in. hole in each. They are bullet proof, very smooth yet can be tightened and will never tarnish like brass. Also, they are near invisible when used with transparent scales.

TY, Great info Marty!
 
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