Along with my lineup of shave ready razors, I buy a great number of busted razors that have no apparent value or historical importance (keep in mind that some razors, even if broken, DO have value).
Why would I cover broken razors?
All these razors that could ordinarily be discarded really are a very important resource of material for some one who studies razors and fixes them. I’ve written a few articles on razor restoration and how I am generally opposed to it, beyond an easy tightening and cleaning. But a blade with broken scales or some set of scales carrying a broken or badly corroded blade won’t ever function as considered a shaver, nor, unless it’s something truly special, can it ever be considered a collector’s piece.
When I DO make repairs, I just use elements which are original to that type of razor. And given the tens of thousands of different makes of razors on the market, one needs MANY parts to have a chance at having the right choice necessary for a genuine repair. If I cannot repair a razor authentically, I really don’t get it done. That’s why busted razors are so valuable to me. They supply the foundation of actual elements that I need to make split razors whole again. In a way, I am conducting an individual, automobile-style junkyard to get razors. Until I find initial parts, amazing blades sit in individual baskets awaiting for scales; mounts await blades and collars that are proper. The single items that definitely can’t be salvaged from an older razor would be the hooks. That is the reason I am from the removal of hooks for the purpose of cleaning a razor. Once they have been outside, a new one must be fashioned to replace it.used auto parts
Just like in a fantastic junk yard, company of your parts is important. This leaves me with 2 Key bins:
· Good blades together with springs that are broken
· Good scales using broken/badly damaged blades
I make an effort to hold the broken razor whole before I need the part, as it provides me with valuable information on what goes with what. I also keep a few other bins of especially Very Small items:
· Pivot pin washers
· Cut pivot pins (as illustrations)
· Pin collars
These items I make an effort to keep together for as long as achievable. One thing I do NOT keep are celluloid scales which have begun to rust. If I wish to record the blade which travelled with such scales, then I will photograph it. Decaying celluloid is too much of a danger to metal to warrant keeping anywhere near your own collection. . .they go up just like the Hindenburg when confronted with extreme heat or flame. If you feel that the need to get this demonstrated, take a SMALL piece of celluloid and clip it to the finish of a hemostat or tongs, then lighting a match into it and stand back – the consequent conflagration is striking (A completely unrelated, but both trendy flame can be made by touching the contacts of a 9 volt battery into 0000 steel wool, but that will be the subject of yet another article). Make sure that you are standing or outside near a sink whenever you take to either demonstration.
It provides me a excellent deal of personal gratification to restore a wig for its original state. If you feel exactly the same, you might want to start a razor “junk yard” of your own.