Nothing about fooling with scales and pins has been easy for me to learn. In other words, you're not alone if you find the learning curve difficult.I am looking for recommendations for tools for pinning and unpinning razors. Also, sources of good scales seem hard to find.
Nice idea.I use a 1/16" sheet of brass from the hobby shop. Drill a hole the size of the washer and lay it across the scales. You can file off the old mushroom without damage to the scales. After filing, I can usually just pull the scales apart. No chance of scale damage.
What is the ball cutter Dremel bit?I use flush cutters for unpinning, but you do have to be very, very careful to avoid damage to the scales. I try to cut the mushroom off the backing washer rather than cut the washer off the scales. I'm considering getting the ball cutter Dremel bit to "drill" pins. But that has it's own drawbacks.
For pinning I use a large jeweler's anvil and a 2oz hammer.
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Do you use a drill press?I just drill out the pin.
For repinning, I drilled a tiny indent on the corner of the anvil part of my vice, and center the pin in that as i tappa-tappa with a very light (and very polished) ball peen hammer