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Frequently Asked Questions...

Steel and leather - restoring an old razor kit?

I've recently come into possession of a vintage razor kit, dated to the late twenties or early thirties. The razor includes two permanent blades (rather than disposable) of hollow-ground Sheffield steel as well as a built-in strop/hone.

The problems are these: One of the blades is chipped, both are lightly rusted/corroded. The strop is also in a sorry state, being dented (if that's the right word with leather) and otherwise damaged.

For more info/pictures see the thread I created here:

I'm looking for advice on how to restore this (or get this restored). Both the blades and the strop.

I'm resorting to posting this in multiple categories because there doesn't seem to be a single one that suits.

Thank you for your interest.

Best Answer...


Nice. It's a Darwin.

The blades can easily be replaced, and I'd suggest you do so, with a purchase at an antique shop or possibly a few found on ebay. The blades are for more readily available than a good unit itself.

There ways to "fine grind" them. I can assist you with that should you require. Yet a metal shop, with a good reputation, ought to be able to do that for you for precious little money.

As for the strop, that appears to be in excellent condition. A little flax seed oil will do the trick.

Write to me if you have any questions, I'll be glad to help.