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Beginner’s Scale-Making 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 black hand-made Buffalo horn scales. They’ll be rough cut by a scroll saw and shaped on a belt sander so they won’t be pretty, but they will be by the time you’re done. Buffalo horn is very easy to work with and can be molded to almost any scale shape and black is classy and goes with every razor.
  • A small imitation bone wedge. This wedge will be rough cut on the scroll saw and shaped on a belt sander. It won’t win any beauty pageants either.
  • Every piece of sandpaper you could ever need. You’ll get quarter sheets of 180, 220, 320, 400, 600, and 1000 grit sandpaper with a larger quantity of the lower grits as that’s what takes the most time.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Something to hold water and the sandpaper as you work – don’t dry sand the scales!
  • A junk razor blade. Remember, this is practice and your razor may get damaged so don’t use great-gam-gam’s 1920’s flapper heirloom.
  • 1/16 inch rod – brass or nickel – and the appropriate washers so you can make sure everything fits together well.

Once you’ve practiced the scale creation process let me know! We can then talk about pinning and honing your razor into usable condition.



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