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    Default J Allen & Sons near wedge in custom bone 'teeth'

    A few months ago, I rescued a very sad looking J Allen & Sons near/wedge from an antiques store. The scales were shot, the blade looked near irretrievable, and I thought the least I could do was to try to help her out (always a sucker for a damsel in distress)... The blade required very many hours of hand sanding and polishing.

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    I have seen some very interesting shaped scales around here and I decided that I would come up with my own for this blade. It's hard to tell from the pictures, but the front tip comes forward slightly - I'm not sure a proper 'Spanish point', but something like it anyway. I have also been experimenting with various materials - various types of wood, horn, glass, and thought - why not bone. So, I sourced some bone in the country (NZ has a big beef industry - I won't say any more than that...), sun bleached it for several weeks, cut a rough shape with an angle grinder (I don't have an appropriate saw), and got to work on the band sander (one of my all-time favorite power tools). Soon, the 'tooth' took shape and I got to the hand filing and sanding to suit the blade.

    I finished the bone scales with a black horn spacer (made from a broken old pair of horn scales), and brass microfasteners, sanded and polished to a nice shine. I wanted two pins at the front end, and one at the rear - along with an extra washer on the outside for a more intricate finish. I think it's a nice look and will do something similar again soon. Bone is wonderful to work with (apart from the initial smell of burning) and I will be making more. Comments and suggestions welcome, as always. The final step is to see how much steel I have to remove to have this lovely near/wedge shave ready...

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    Well Done! Great save and looks awesome.
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    I love the way the rust marks left on the blade match the spotty coloring of the bone...
    one question though, is that a microfastener on the pivot?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwistedOak View Post
    I love the way the rust marks left on the blade match the spotty coloring of the bone...
    Thanks, I thought it was a nice match, and was simply fortunate the bone colouring was so nice - I had no idea what it was going to do on the inside.

    one question though, is that a microfastener on the pivot?
    Yes, all three are microfasteners that I hand filed to finish.

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    You cleaned that one up nicely. As the razor originally had horn scales, choosing another natural material was a good fit for the razor. Plus, you put a nice curve into the bone. Great job!

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    That is one beautiful save. Thank you for sharing.
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    Yes, good show, Suavio, jolly good show...darn, I'm channeling movie dialogue again....excellent work on the razor!

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    Onya mate, well done. Let us know how it shaves.
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    Very nice! You brought that one back from the grave.
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    Very nice, you did a good job on her

    One little tip: It's a good idea to make sure the blade takes an edge before putting hours of work into it.
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