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INFO! The 2022 Gold Dollar Mod Competition

May 1 marks the official start of the 2022 Gold Dollar mod competition. For many years we have showcased the efforts of some fine razor meisters to transform a humble and inexpensive Gold Dollar straight razor into a thing of beauty. All of you masters of the grindstone have until July 1 to create your master work. The only criterion is that the finished razor must be shave ready.

We have run this competition for many years. Interest has waned in the last couple of seasons but we still have some hardy souls that have expressed interest in making the attempt. If you would like to enter the competition, really more of an exhibition, please let us know here. Throughout the two months please update us on your progress. If you want to keep your final design a surprise that's fine but please put up some teasers to keep us guessing.

On July 1 please put down your Dremmels and put up your masterwork. We'll open a formal competition thread at that time. Now, if I don't hear from anyone in the next couple of weeks then we'll have to admit that maybe this competition has run it's course. I'm hoping that won't happen. We all love to see what you create! In the meantime if you have questions, please ask
 
Early teaser. Let's see if I can find the time to get this done 🙂
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Anyone else looking to join in? Let us know, even if you are just thinking about it or waiting for your Gold Dollar in the mail.
 
For future reference, can anyone tell me where they are getting their GD razors from? I bought once from Aliexpress and the package never came. I ended up getting one from Fendrihan (Canada), but $25 seemed a bit steep for a GD to use as a project blank. If someone could point me towards any reliable vendors, that would be great.
 
Anyone else looking to join in? Let us know, even if you are just thinking about it or waiting for your Gold Dollar in the mail.

Bit of both - I was wary of moving from "beginner" to "unlimited" without specifically passing through "casual tinkerer", but once I read the post some ideas started plopping out. GD66s seem thin on the ground in the UK at the moment (not sure where jackywalsh44 went - he was a good supplier), and China lists arrival some time in July, but I've tracked one down from the place next door.

Room for one more?
 
I would. I just finished modifying my first Gold Dollar and shaved with it a couple of hours ago.
Great! If you want to start a new mod we'd love to see what you can do. In the past we had a novice and an unlimited class. I don't think we'll have enough participants to do two classes. In any case please show what you have done already either in this thread or in another. It may inspire more people to take the plunge.
 

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Bit of both - I was wary of moving from "beginner" to "unlimited" without specifically passing through "casual tinkerer", but once I read the post some ideas started plopping out. GD66s seem thin on the ground in the UK at the moment (not sure where jackywalsh44 went - he was a good supplier), and China lists arrival some time in July, but I've tracked one down from the place next door.

Room for one more?
Absolutely!
 
Bit of both - I was wary of moving from "beginner" to "unlimited" without specifically passing through "casual tinkerer", but once I read the post some ideas started plopping out. GD66s seem thin on the ground in the UK at the moment (not sure where jackywalsh44 went - he was a good supplier), and China lists arrival some time in July, but I've tracked one down from the place next door.

Room for one more?
Wow, I missed your last line. Of course we are happy to have you! This is looking like a great year.
 
Great! If you want to start a new mod we'd love to see what you can do. In the past we had a novice and an unlimited class. I don't think we'll have enough participants to do two classes. In any case please show what you have done already either in this thread or in another. It may inspire more people to take the plunge.
Okay. Not sure what you mean about a new mod, but here is my razor. Started with a nice block of blue dyed curly maple. Decided to attach some thin strips of ebony to use as liners.
 

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Okay. Not sure what you mean about a new mod, but here is my razor. Started with a nice block of blue dyed curly maple. Decided to attach some thin strips of ebony to use as liners.
First of all that is beautiful work! I especially love the blue scales.

I am sorry for the confusion and I guess I didn't make it clear in the initial post. To make a razor to enter in the Gold Dollar Mod Competition you must start on May 1 or later and finish by July 1. Of course if you started and finished your razor in the last two weeks you are in. Otherwise you have to start a new one. I hope this helps.
 
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