D/E razor amatuer restore thread

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by vittocia, Aug 10, 2019.

  1. vittocia

    vittocia Active Member

    I recently did a home restore on a fat a handle tech.
    To my surprise after striping the gold tone plate from the razor with a cutting wheel and then buffing it
    I was very happy with the results it now has a copper handle brass neck brass base plate and copper head
    not bad for a scratched up old tech from my razor box.
    Please share your story's and pics of your home restores and breathing new life in to tired old razors .
    Paul
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    Last edited: Aug 10, 2019
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  2. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

    The copper is actually brass, but with a higher content of copper compared to regular brass. It looks great when it's polished.
     
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  3. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

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    I had similar results with a NEW long comb.
    Here it is as I found it in the wild.
    NEW LC from the wild.gif
    After hand rubbed with a cotton cloth and Brasso.
    New LC polished.gif It has the same reddish more copper in the brass cap.

    Three Single Rings; L to R 1921, 1920, & 1906 by the serial numbers.
    Single Ring 3.gif
    I have only put Mother's polish one time to the black tarnished middle one, the '20.
    1920 Gillette Single Ring first polish.gif
     
  4. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    awesome..
     
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  5. vittocia

    vittocia Active Member

    The long comb looks great mate
    also have you considered getting the best of your single rings replated ?
    Paul
     
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  6. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Little jealous of your 1906. Mine is a 1908.
     
  7. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    They have way to much character to mess up with replating.
     
  8. vittocia

    vittocia Active Member

    I respected your opinion mate
    thanks
     
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  9. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Many people think it is a great thing to bring them back to past glory. I guess no real right answer.
     
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  10. RyX

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    Replated is an option, but I enjoy a piece showing it's age. Doubt I'll get the '06 Single Ring plated because the silver is mostly intact.

    I recently came into possession of a' 34 New Deluxe, called a Red & Black for the case. The previous owner chose a fine nickel finish instead of the original gold. It does look good like it is now and I'm thinking about sending a bar handle to the same company for nickel to have them match.

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  11. vittocia

    vittocia Active Member

    Do you have any pic's?
    as for the replating I had am Gillette $1.95 replated locally in rhodium it looks great I can take some pics if
    any one is interested
    Paul
     
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  12. RyX

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    Sure do! Here's the '34 NEW Deluxe, formaly in gold wash but now in glossy nickle. The handle is a little brassy but still has enough nickle that it's giving me the replate itch.
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    Note the bottom of the OC bottom plate. It's thick and flat using more brass than the standard NEW short or long comb. I'm guessing that's part of why it's "Deluxe". Gary @brit might share some info about these since he's gathered quite the selection of vintage Gillettes.
     
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  13. RyX

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    Yes! Please do. I enjoy my 195 and was fortunate to find one in very good original nickle finish. Those done in rhodium look great. It's a slightly whiter silver and if I understand the difference modern plating is thicker and last longer than the vintage finishes.

    @vittocia - Are you a member of Paste & Cut? I recently joined because I'm hoping to visit my son that lives in Melbourne. Wanted to see about the Aussie shave scene so I'll know what American gear to bring in case I have opportunity to meet anyone and trade gear. Not sure what I can get through Customs but I'm going to give it a go.
     
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  14. vittocia

    vittocia Active Member

    Wow that sure is a fine looking razor mate I will take some pics in the morning its 1am here and I need to hit the sack
    we are so lucky Gillette made their razors in such numbers as we can enjoy them today
    Paul
     
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  15. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    i prefer finding well preserved originals..though more pricey..
     
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  16. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    will look fantastic..
     
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  17. vittocia

    vittocia Active Member

    Yes I am a member of P&C I live in Byford Western Australia which is about 2100 miles from Melbourne
    If its just razors and brushes I'm sure it will be fine
    Paul
     
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  18. RyX

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    Opps, I misspoke. The '06 is in gold wash and will be joining someone else's den shortly. The '20 (which I keeping, decent condition) & '21 (less so) are in silver.
     
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  19. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    was speaking of the deluxe handle sir..:)very cool on the single rings..
     
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  20. BamaT

    BamaT Well-Known Member

    This is me as well, but partly because I simply don’t have the time to devote to a restoration. If I had the time and proper tools, I’d probably enjoy it. Retirement is getting closer....
     
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