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Project by MikeOfAllTrades posted 06-25-2011 06:58 AM 1062 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve had this razor just hanging around and collection dust for nearly two years. Finally, after a bit of inspiration hit, I decided to try and restore it to its former glory. It turned out to be more work that I had expected but in the end, it is certainly worth it. When I decide to shave again, this will be my go-to weapon of choice.

Both the scales and brush handle are made from the same piece of stabilized Lace Maple burl. The brush is finished with a multitude of coats of CA and the scales are sealed with Tung oil.

Thank you all for looking.

-- "Those you cannot teach to fly, teach to fall faster." — Friedrich Nietzsche





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saddletramp

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#1 posted 06-25-2011 12:52 PM

I used to shave with one of those but when I went into the Army they took the damn thing away and made me get a safety razor. A double edged gillett. Used to nick myself all the time with that damned contraption (never cut myself even once with the straight razor). When I got out of the Army I quit shaving entirely, be afraid to try it with a straight razor any more. Probably slice off my ear or cut my throat.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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MikeOfAllTrades

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#2 posted 06-25-2011 08:12 PM

I just finished my commitment with the U.S Army this year and I too swore off the clean shaven look. Something about having to shave twice a day to keep my skin smooth that just makes you dislike it so much. I decided to revive this razor just for my neckline and throat area (and to put some of my smaller burl pieces to work). Though it is a bit unnerving at first, it becomes second nature and you get to keep your skin intact.

This project also allowed me to further develop my skills with a file and rasp as I’ve come to sing the praises of hand tools lately. Now my collection of belt sanders, grinders and such, sit quietly by whilst I toil away at the vise end of my bench.

-- "Those you cannot teach to fly, teach to fall faster." — Friedrich Nietzsche

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RichardMu

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#3 posted 06-26-2011 12:11 AM

Nice shaving set and I agree with you on using hand tools.

-- You will never build it unless you try. The second one always turns out better.

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CharlesAuguste

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#4 posted 09-04-2011 02:24 AM

That maple is outstanding!!!! nice work!!! and the razor looks really nice as well no mention of maker?

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

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MikeOfAllTrades

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#5 posted 09-04-2011 05:07 AM

Charles, thank you. The maker is Wade and Butcher (my all time favorite vintage brand). This beauty is one heck of a shaver, I have a coarse beard and it goes though it like peach fuzz.

-- "Those you cannot teach to fly, teach to fall faster." — Friedrich Nietzsche

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