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    Hello and welcome to SRP.
    Good luck with whatever you decide to do with the razor.
    Enjoy your time here on the forum.

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    I know somewhere in that are up north and under the snow there is a place that sells razors and strops. But also on line so no need to visit the store. I just dont know the names of them.
    It's just Sharpening, right?
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    From memory is Phil at Classic Edge. Does honing as well
    My wife calls me......... Can you just use Ed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasman View Post
    I know somewhere in that are up north and under the snow there is a place that sells razors and strops. But also on line so no need to visit the store. I just dont know the names of them.
    Fendrihan and Top of the Chain are in the Toronto area.
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    Lightbulb Thanks for the advice ... here are some photos

    Thanks for the rapid replies … I will try to answer everyone’s points here.

    The Shavette I bought him was made by Sanguine… I guess I liked the name.

    As many of you have suggested, he probably should have a daily razor of his own… I will steer him towards this forum to get some ideas of what type he would like for a subsequent Christmas - gives us something more to buy for him other than Rugby gear. Excellent idea to buy refurbished ones - could try-out different styles... especially if the old razor is beyond hope.

    I am including some photos of the blade. My dad didn't really put it to hard use … He also had razor knives and exactos for his veneer or balsa wood models. I think he just enjoyed using it… also gave him the excuse to tell me about the time that his Dad took the strop to him and his brother for some heinous crime - apparently they never required a second stropping !... or so the story went.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasman View Post
    I know somewhere in that are up north and under the snow there is a place that sells razors and strops. But also on line so no need to visit the store. I just dont know the names of them.
    Good thing for this online thing ... no need to fire up the dog team
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    The razor looks like it's in pretty good shape, it should be a pretty quick and easy to get it back into shaving condition (in the right hands).

    For strops, the main places in Canada have already been mentioned. I usually recommend beginners to get a paddle or board strop because it removes a lot of variables and so is easy to learn on. They're also cheap ($35 at Classic Edge), so when (not if) they get nicked by someone just learning to strop, it's not a huge loss. Once your son is more comfortable with stropping, assuming he chooses to follow the straight razor path, then you or he can invest in a better hanging strop.

    There are also cheap but decent quality hanging strops if he wants to plunge in headfirst. Fendrihan carries a Ruitertassen, for example, that's decent. Just be sure to get 2.5" or 3" in width - a lot of the cheap hanging strops are narrower than this, which makes them harder to use for a beginner. The narrower the strop, the more on point the X-stroke needs to be. With a 3" wide strop, an X-stroke usually isn't even necessary (although it still helps).

    If you are looking at picking up a second, vintage straight razor so that the heirloom one doesn't get destroyed, I recommend buying one through the Buy/Sell/Trade part of this forum because the razor will come shave ready (if listed as such) - as opposed to buying something off of eBay. If you'd prefer to buy locally, there's a guy on the South Shore that sometimes sells restored razors that are shave ready - he lists his stuff on Kijiji. He the guy I mentioned earlier in this thread - he does good restoration work, but I'm not a fan of his honing. Badgister, who also lives in Montreal and who posted earlier in this thread, often has razors for sale through this forum, but his tend to be collectors items and maybe not ideal for beginners - but of course it depends on your price range. DZEC mentioned the Canadian Wet Shavers Facebook group, there are often razors for sale there for good prices that don't require international shipping.
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    If you (or your son) join the Canadian Wet Shavers Facebook group, you post those photos of the razor and ask if anyone might be willing to take on a restoration. As previously mentioned, it doesn’t look like any seriously difficult repair is needed.

    If you want a guaranteed first-rate restore, contact gssixgun on this forum. He is based in the U.S., so crossing borders with a sharp thing is something to contemplate.
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    Crossing the border, via mail at least, is not such a big deal. I have sent razors to Canada a few times and they seem to get there with no problems to speak of.
    That razor looks to be without serious damage as has been mentioned. Also Torrey is a well respected maker. It is American steel of good quality, rather on the hard side which means more work to hone but it also holds an edge well. Also it is a round point which makes it less prone to biting like a square, Spanish or spike point would be. Single shoulder makes is less complicated to hone yourself if that time ever comes. Wait on that one for a while though. You can definitely revive it and pass it down for more generations with the proper care. Keep it dry and stored well and it should be a cherished piece of family history for a long time. A straight razor can last hundreds of years if treated well.
    I'm happy for you. I have my father's razor which I believe belonged to my grandfather among other heirlooms and I cherish them deeply.
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