Custom straight razor in Bloodwood

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Project by adbuett posted 04-04-2013 07:04 AM 3157 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished this set of razor scales a while ago. The blade was ground by a guy I know from some straight razor meetings (yes, they exist). He ground it too thin to hone by normal means, so I got it for free and threw some bloodwood scales onto it. The finish is cyanoacrylate (Gorilla Glue Super Glue) sanded up to whatever the highest grit of Micromesh is and then polished with red and white turtlewax polishing compounds. The wedge is Ebony, and the pins are brass rod peened over micro-washers. If I can ever get the thing to sharpen up, it’s by far the most comfortable razor I’ve ever held.

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#1 posted 04-04-2013 07:50 AM

Looks really nice. Love the wood!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 04-04-2013 02:35 PM

Nice job. The red wood would help cover the blood from my face using this kind of razor. Haaaa haaaa.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#3 posted 04-04-2013 06:07 PM

That looks great. I’d never heard of using CA as a finish before, but apparently it is done from time to time. I found this interesting thread on it by another jock:

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#4 posted 04-04-2013 09:07 PM

Dakkar, As far as I have come to understand it has been used in pen turning for a while. It is a pretty standard go-to finish when it comes to straight razors. It is incredibly durable, and resistant to water. It’s a real PITA though when it comes to sanding. I probably put a good 6-8 hours in the sanding process for that razor. If you’ve missed a spot, it’s not until further down the line in grits that you find it… back down we go!

A lot of guys are using multiple glues with different viscosities; the thin stuff goes on first to soak into the wood, then to the medium and then maybe the thick. I’ve found with the Gorilla Glue brand of super glue, that there is no need to use thin stuff since it seems to adhere incredibly well, and there is no clouding to speak of.

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#5 posted 04-05-2013 03:54 AM

I’ll definitely try it sometime, but on something small. It’s sure not the lowest cost finish around.

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#6 posted 04-05-2013 06:49 PM

I love it. I am a DE guy, but have been thinking of getting a straight for some time now.


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