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    This old Marsden is, I think, the oldest razor I have. Really neat horn pressings and a pretty good old stub-tailed blade.
    Finally got it going.

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    A bit of a challenge, I bundled it into a few for horn repairs a while back. Beetles had all but eaten away the back scale pivot and the old blade had been dangling from the front scale for many moons.

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    No rescale here! Without unpinning the bottom, I cleaned up the scales with light diluted Simple Green and set out to graft a donor piece. Getting everything straight and the grain the right direction, a bevel on both pieces was made on the back side.

    Joined with 2 part epoxy mixed with bakelite dust, all was cut, shaped and sanded as evenly possible.
    A bit more applied to the front to even that out. Front pin-hole was wallowed out, so filled, sanded, and redrilled. Then finely sanded as best as I could.
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    Some Sharpie was applied to all four bolsters and around the edges for uniformity. The scales were then saturated with neetsfoot oil and allowed to soak in for a few days. I have found putting horn in a bind as the neetsfoot soaks in will sometimes straighten them a bit.

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    Never unpinned the bottom. Got it pinned back at the top using the original collars which were still dangling up there. Neat old razor, I think.

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    Marsden seems a bit of an enigma.. Some info from Zak's blog can be seen here; Sometimes, the only evidence is circumstantial. | The Shivering Beggar
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    Some more pics of the scales. In the morning, our hunter is setting forth with anxious dogs accompanied by Cupid sitting upon a bull.
    I suppose a love for hunting and Cupid is quite 'bullish' on it as well?

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    As-returning in the evening, Tired dogs, some fowl and a rabbit are harvested. The hunter is now enjoined by Baccus.
    Seems apparent that libations are in order!

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    Got it all honed up after a few trials. Shaves well!

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    Still a few bites, not much done to the blade. Thanks for looking.

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    DAMN!!!!! That is awesome.

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    Always a pleasure to view your expert repair/restore work. Just a lovely old razor.

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    Well done, Tom

    TLC for a fine old piece.

    Congrats
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    The Razor Gods are smiling Tom,,,,,,,,,,,,

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    Superb as always, the scales are magnificent...so do you have a date range on the razor - gorgeous piece!
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    So many tips to learn from you Tom - fantastic story book as well.
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    Absolutely a beautiful restoration!
    How cool is it to have scales on a razor that tell a story!!
    Definitely well worth the time and effort. A great shave is the bonus with this razor.

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