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    Cool W&B Quarter Hollow in Gaboon Ebony

    Hello all!

    This was my second antique store purchase from way back in the day (along with another Wade, I bought two on this particular trip). The original scales were in ok condition, but from another razor, there was about an inch between the razors toe and the start of the wedge. Something tells me that these weren't really the "original"scales. Yes, I kept the mis-sized ugly scales on it for a long time, until I saw a piece of ebony at the lumber store. I immediately knew this was the outfit ole' Wade was calling for, it was time for a change.

    The razor is a Wade and Butcher, quarter hollow (guessing), with a width of 11/16, and is also a tad shorter than most razors I have now. As the title of the thread says, the scales are Gaboon Ebony with a CA finish. This was my very first CA finishing attempt and I have to that Glen for the CA finish tutorial he put together, it helped tremendously! The wood itself is black, go figure, but has brown streaks in it as well which make it a particularly attractive cut of wood. I don't know if brown streaks are standard with ebony as this is my first experience with it. I also noticed that the wood was a pretty oily wood as well. The finish is like glass over the wood, I like it! As for the razor, I left the finish pretty much as it came, I like how every razor ages and gets a unique look. Adds character and reminds me that it has shaved more faces than I care to know.

    On a side note, I did have a little "blemish" near the wedge on one of the scales, almost like a little bubble where the glue separated from the wood. It only gets better from here! Thanks for taking the time to look and advice/comments welcome. Thanks!


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    I like a lot the finish ! Bravo !

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    Well done, I like your scales and peening!

    As for tips, I think the spacer could use a little more taper to turn it into a wedge. Also, to perfect the fit between the wedge and scales, rough shape the wedge, peen it (or temporarily fix it with a small bolt and nut) and then sand it down. You will hit the scales with the sandpaper, but that's all right, as you can finish it again. That will take care of the seam
    I want a lather whip

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    Nice job! Looks great!


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    Very nice indeed
    to shave another day.

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