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    Default Hello from a travelling musician...

    After fighting the urge of registering on the forum and picking up a handful of old straights (not necessarily in that order), I'm excited to start another seemingly addictive hobby. I am a professional saxophonist with a spinoff hobby of hunting down/restoring/playing/collecting/swapping vintage saxophones. Seems this new hobby has a lot of similarities, particularly in the acquisition of numerous pieces. I've been shaving with a shavette for a couple of months now. Hoping to get these razors honed/restored to step into the real thing. Would also, eventually, like to learn to restore and hone from an experienced member. Obviously, the biggest challenge is my schedule of touring. In the meantime, have been checking out the videos and articles/posts on the forum. Other than the handful of "not shave ready" razors taunting me, I'm waiting to get a good idea of the right equipment (strops, brushes, honing/restoring equipment) that I might need at a slower, less compulsive rate. Also, better places to buy those items with relation to prices and deals.

    Thanks in advance for all the help and info. I'll be soaking up from your forum...

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    Welcome, I think you'll fit right in! We love pictures and we would like to see those razors! Maybe we can help with the ones that have the most potentials for good shavers.

    Lots to read, watch and learn, but like any musical instrument, the more you practice, the better you get. I collect, "restore" (not full restore yet), hone and of course, shave. Enjoy all the aspects of it. Welcome again and enjoy the hobby.

    Double O

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    quick pics of the starters...
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    +1 above.

    Looks to me like you've got some great blades there! From what I can tell from the pics, all they need is some good cleaning and sent to someone, especially for their first time, to get a professional honing and then you're off with a 7 Day set. Sheesh, doesn't get any better, a beautiful razor to use for each day of the week. If you get them honed, take proper care of them by keeping the blade dry and making sure you dry between the scales, learn to strop properly from the start, you wouldn't need to do anything with these blades for probably a year out at least before they may need a touch up.

    Great set of blades...congratulations!

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    saxchops,

    One good thing about being on the road is that you could meet some of our experts in their hometowns or visit some brick & mortar shops that we discuss - a luxury most of us are not afforded. In the meantime don't hesitate to ask any questions.

    By the way, one piece of advice: perhaps you should wait for the tour bus to be parked before attempting to shave with a straight LOL. Welcome to SRP

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    They all look good! My first choice to send out to a pro, would be the double duck. The best candidate for a full restore, IMO, would be the Wade and Butcher.

    Nice start!

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    Yes, I think they're all in decent shape. The Duck is in fantastic shape. I'm not sure if it's ever been used by the looks of it. Same with the Gold Bug. I'm excited to get the Duck and the Wade & Butcher up to snuff. Just need to decide on who to send them to.

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    Hi and welcome. I would suggest that you send out the bug and the duck ( both great razors by the way) and get them honed. That will get you started and just work from there. Too many razors to start with will just make learning harder. Good luck
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