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On Sentimental Razors

On Sentimental Razors

Restoration , shaving , Straight Razors 🕔November 4, 2014 0 comments

Some razors are worth a lot of money. Sometimes it’s individual brands like Dovo, Thiers-Issard, and Boker while other times it’s an entire class of razors like “Damascus” steel, or razors made of certain materials like ivory, exotic woods, or metals. Other razors, however, aren’t worth a dime. Instead, their value comes from the emotions and history attached to them. Today, I’m talking about my grandfather’s razor that I inherited after his passing. I didn’t inherit because I wanted it or he willed it to me, rather, it was because no one else in the family wanted it. This razor turned out to be the one thing that got me started in my entire foray into wet shaving and prompted me to start my business so in terms of sentimentality, it couldn’t be worth more, but monetarily it couldn’t be worth less. It started off as a very plain razor – Radiumite Steel branding, WC Heimerdinger retailing, forged in Germany, with yellow Bakelite “bamboo” scales. The blade most likely began life as a full-hollow 4/8, but was much closer to 7/16 by the time I got it. I used it in its original form for several months while I got better at honing, stropping, making custom scales, and restoring in general. A while ago, I un-pinned it, but never got around to making a new set of scales as other projects forced this onto the back burner. About a week ago, I finally got around to making new scales out of red Micarta with brass pins and washers. This was one of my first sets of Micarta scales and I figured practicing on one of my own razors was a better idea than using a customer’s. The scales turned out great and the razor is now back into my normal razor rotation and I hadn’t realized how much I missed it. There’s just something about shaving with an heirloom that other razors can’t touch.

If you have an heirloom that needs some TLC or maybe it’s in need of a complete restoration, it’s well worth it to get it done. Your ancestors will be proud and you’ll have the satisfaction of keeping it in the family.

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Matthew Patton

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