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Blog entry by CharlesAuguste posted 09-04-2011 01:29 AM 2440 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I purchase this beat up Wade & Butcher Sheffield England straight razor on ebay for 2 dollars.
The scales were cracked , pins were very loose, blade with a big chipout of it.
Took it apart and clean and buffed the blade, then started the chip removal pro cess on a diamond stone
once the chip was out, the blade got honing on a 4k, then 8k, then a barbers hone to polished the edge,
the stropped on a leather loaded with chromiun oxide .5 micron. Made new ebony scales , new pins,
then strop on my regular leather strop and passed the hanging hair test easily, lathered up and the real test is to
shave and its a keeper nice smooth shave!!!!!!! This razor in this condition will last decades with just light honing,
and lots of stropping!!! Such a great feeling to shave your face with a century old straight razor and the results,
you face feels so fresh like a baby bottom!!!

-- "the future's uncertain and the end is always near" J. Morrison



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racerglen

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#1 posted 09-04-2011 01:51 AM

Marvelous ! Did the same with a Swedish one I turned up helping a freind clean up a crawl space under her old, resently purchased home, BUT..my barber said DON’T use it to shave..it’s a “proffesional’s” tool these days…..Hmmm.. I think he meant I wasn’t skilled enought to use a cut throat rasor without..well you know…it’s in my tool box now..a nice utility carving tool..

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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CharlesAuguste

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#2 posted 09-04-2011 01:53 AM

Glen, i must say that there is a certain skill to shave with a straight razor but its not rocket science,
and the results are amazing!!!

-- "the future's uncertain and the end is always near" J. Morrison

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jumbojack

1221 posts in 1370 days


#3 posted 09-04-2011 02:12 AM

I remember the barber using one of these, back when I had some hair to cut. I could never get something that sharp close to arterys.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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CharlesAuguste

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#4 posted 09-04-2011 02:19 AM

Skarp, i use proraso tabac cella bond i like them all, the chip looked pretty big at first but i breadknifed it on dmt
diamond stone and took care of it quickly!!! And Jumbojack once you learn hot to shave with a straight razor its like riding a bike!! or having your digits next to spinning blades or router bits!!!!!!!

-- "the future's uncertain and the end is always near" J. Morrison

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RGtools

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#5 posted 09-04-2011 03:01 AM

I have a few of these myself and I love them. My grampa was a barber and his tools for the trade are fantastic. There is noting quite like a clean shave with one of those things to put you in a good frame of mind.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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lew

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#6 posted 09-04-2011 03:17 AM

Nice Job!

I don’t have much experience with these but I am an expert on the leather razor strap. It got regular use on my bottom as a kid!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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CharlesAuguste

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#7 posted 09-04-2011 03:33 AM

Skarp your right anybody can benefit from a good brush and shaving cream and not that foaming poop in a can
did you ever look at the ingredients in there if you did you would never use it again for sure!!!

RGtools indeed shaving with a straight razor and good shaving cream is a great way to start your day for sure!!!

Lew thats a good way way to keep the strop nice and smooth for sure!!!!!!

-- "the future's uncertain and the end is always near" J. Morrison

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Bluepine38

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#8 posted 09-04-2011 05:32 AM

I have a slightly used Rolls Razor, one of the first safety razors that came out. The only problem is that I can
no longer buy new blades or other parts for it. For those of you who would like to use a straight razor, but
are bashful about putting that sharp blade close to your throat, you could do what my father in law barber
suggested to me. blow up some balloons, lather them up and practice until you feel safe, the only problem
is that the exploding balloons tend to give you a razor twitch, so it might be better just to practice on your
father in law. :-)

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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