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Just a small restoration I did over the weekend.
Gorgeous work, I love how you respected the whole piece.
This is a Degrand née Gurgey Stub Tail Straight Razor from Thiers, Marseille.

Both are in France, they are still hundreds of miles appart ಥ⁠‿⁠ಥ
I just hope I don't go down the stubtail rabbit hole.
There is still room down here, most of us are friendly, some of us are basically luddites, and some kinda weird, but you are welcome here, they don't get enough love IMHO
 
Polished this Le Grelot and corrected an uneven blade (trimmed 0.75 mm near the heel) making a slight smile. Setting the bevel today. Does anyone knows is the scales can be celluloid with that color?

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“Does anyone knows is the scales can be celluloid with that color?”

Yup, celluloid, that color and swirl combination were popular but the swirl pattern can also off glass, keep an eye on them.

Nice clean up and heel reprofile. Love the badge/inlay.
 
Just a quick pictorial Show n' Tell on how I made some scales for a Frederick Reynolds in need of new scales.

Thanks to @Frank Shaves for posting a picture of a Frederick Reynolds with original and traditional scales.

The first step is to import the Frederick Reynolds Straight Razor photos into a CAD program where I can scale and trace the scales as close to the original as possible. After scaling and tracing, I begin the 3d model design of the scales which I will 3d print to use as templates for duplicating.

Once the scales are 3d printed, they are mounted on a guide block with double-face tape. The source material is Brazilian Ebony wood. The guide block with template scales and ebony wood is used to carve the scales on a homemade duplicator with a basic rotary tool and guide pin (guide pin and carving bit have the same ball-nose profile for better accuracy).

After duplicating is done, it is time for sanding and a few coats of tung oil. The final step is some light polishing on a buffing wheel for a final shine.

For me, the advantage of using a duplicator for making scales is accuracy and repeatability. And I can also manipulate the base 3d model for duplicating and accommodating different straight razor blades.

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New project. One of those bid and ebay not expecting to win then surprise you won. Wade and butcher wedge that someone must have thought was a pocket knife. Evidence of buffing but i took a file to the edge and it skates right across. Thank god it is thick. So far it is disassembled and some light sanding. Don't think i am going to go crazy cleaning this thing up. Pivot hole is going to need a bushing and make some new scales.
 

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I also did some sharpy on the blade and a few laps on a shapton 500. As i thought the sharpy was still on the edge. It was either honed with 15 layers of tape or freehand like a knife.
 
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