Rusty Razors

Beginner’s Pinning Kit


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Thinking of getting into the razor restoration game or need to practice your restoration skills? Then this is as a good a place to start as any. Before any restorer uses a drill press, buffer, power sander, scroll saw, or any other power tools they start out doing all the work by hand. Hand sanding, hand buffing, hand polishing, you name it. I still make all of my scales by hand. Doing everything by hand gives you the experience, knowledge, and appreciation you won’t gain by jumping right into power tools. Not to mention, power tools are dangerous enough on their own, let alone with the addition of razor blades. This kit will allow you to make mistakes, learn fundamental techniques and skills, develop steady hands, and really value antique craftsmanship.

Here’s what’s included:

  • A pair of random junk scales. They may be cracked, chipped, or bent, and they won’t be pretty. These are meant for you to beat up even more. Practice pinning and unpinning them, then do it again, then do it some more. Then, just when you think you’ve got it, do it one more time. And don’t worry about damaging these scales, you’re not going to use them on a finished razor.
  • Six one-inch segments of brass rod. This is what you’ll use as your pins. Brass is easy to work with and looks good on almost every razor.
  • Twelve 0-Wide and six 00-Wide washers. The 00-Wide washers go between the razor and the scales and the 0-Wide go on the outside where you’ll do your pinning.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Two hammers – a small ball pein (4-8oz) and a “normal” one to use as an anvil. Alternatively, you can use a vise or an actual anvil.
  • A pair of wire or flush cutters to trim the brass rods.
  • A tool to remove your work once you’ve finished so you can start again. A flat file will do the job just fine or a  Dremel with a metal cutting head works well.
  • A razor blade you’re willing to use for your work. Remember, this is practice and the razor may be damaged so don’t go using great-grand-pap’s WWI heirloom.

Once you’ve mastered the pinning and unpinning processes let me know! We can then talk about making your own scales and honing your razor into usable condition.



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