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While i love the look, do they actually call this patina’ed brass, as like I’ve said, I’ve never seen any brass that has patina’ed (even door knobs or outside fence gate handles) to this black color even after 20 years.
Unlacquered brass instruments will turn all kinds of colors, especially the parts that are frequently touched.
 
Unlacquered brass instruments will turn all kinds of colors, especially the parts that are frequently touched.
I have like 10 different saxophones and most of them brass, and most of them are unlacquered or I removed most of the lacquer. The only weird spots are usually water or moisture spots that aren't dried promptly after storage. The red rot or verdigris is a different problem altogether. Check out this thread discussing different types of corrosion/patina stages within the saxophone community. Different alloys of brass can result in different colors, and also different body acids can impact the corrosion along with moisture.

Saxophones - looks like corrosion/verdigris on my Mauriat 66UL - https://cafesaxophone.com/threads/looks-like-corrosion-verdigris-on-my-mauriat-66ul.2891/
 
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I have like 10 different saxophones and most of them brass, and most of them are unlacquered or I removed most of the lacquer. The only weird spots are usually water or moisture spots that aren't dried promptly after storage. The red rot or verdigris is a different problem altogether. Check out this thread discussing different types of corrosion/patina stages within the saxophone community. Different alloys of brass can result in different colors, and also different body acids can impact the corrosion along with moisture.

Saxophones - looks like corrosion/verdigris on my Mauriat 66UL - https://cafesaxophone.com/threads/looks-like-corrosion-verdigris-on-my-mauriat-66ul.2891/
I don't disagree with any of that. But I've seen plenty of 19th century instruments with dark patinas. I'm sure alloy and environment play a role in how they ended up that way.
 
Unlacquered brass instruments will turn all kinds of colors, especially the parts that are frequently touched.
I’ve not really thought lacquering a razor was a good idea. I guess I’ve seen to many older lacquered items where the lacquer is peeling/discolored. It seemed to me that the abrasive nature of the surface one is running the razor along would cause a lot of wear, especially if the lacquer job was not done well, as is likely with a person doing it at home. But this is mostly speculation on my part. :)
 
I was just commenting on the appearance of natural patina on old musical instruments (unlacquered, obviously because lacquer inhibits that process) compared to your forced patina. Not trying to start any arguments, lol. The razors are gorgeous, btw. GLWTS!
 
I was just commenting on the appearance of natural patina on old musical instruments (unlacquered, obviously because lacquer inhibits that process) compared to your forced patina. Not trying to start any arguments, lol. The razors are gorgeous, btw. GLWTS!
No arguments from me! Some of those instruments are just outright beautiful. I read a great book by Jun'Ichiro Tanizaki called “In Praise of Shadows" about the Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi. He talks about dark patinas that are caused by humans touching items that they care for. Really quite insightful!
 
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