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    I got this WB last week and am impressed with getting one in such good shape and with the original scales to boot!
    Not sure what the wood is but it feels very light like Balsa, didnt know they made Balsawood scales. They are unstained/varnished or anything so the natural beauty shines through. The wedge is a unique design with a wooden dowel held in place by the expertly done collarless pins. A string is attached to the pin at the tang, I am not sure if it is used in lieu of thrust washers or if it was a means of hanging the straight from to aid in drying after use.
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    I must ask should I just clean up the blade a bit, or try to unpin the scales and risk damaging them in removal/repinning without collars in order to do a full cleaning of the blade?
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    I am far from an expert but I really don't think they are the original scales. I would do the razor some justice and put a nice pair of horn scales on her and polish up the blade. Give it a nice hone and put the old gal back to work.
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    yeah, hate to break it to you but i don't think they are original either. all of mine are in black horn. these are too crude and new looking. looks like the blade might have a frown in it too, but looks like a blade with good potential.
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    Yea, the scales are not original and more importantly because of the thickness and width, will make it difficult to strop and shave this razor.

    If you are going to keep them, they need to be thinned, to just under 1/8 in thick each and narrowed at the pivot. Rounding them across the thickness will also help with holding the razor.

    Model after an original set of scales, there are tracings of original scales on line, think there are some in the library.

    Here is a good thread on making Horn scales and here. If you follow their technique and pattern, even if you use wood, you will also need a wedge to flex the scales and keep them in tension. Horn is not that expensive.

    The blade does need at the very least rust removal and some honing. Donít know what your experience level is, but you have some work ahead of you.
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    "They" did not make balsa wood scales. Some practical shaver broke his scales and made do with what he had and what he was able to make.

    I have a few cobbled razors with scales like that and I never would dream of "fixing" them.

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    I was seeing plywood and nails.

    A good canvas to thin and shape the scales/wedge, add stain, poly, or Tru-oil finish and clean-up the blade, getting it pinned and honed properly.
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    "Don't be stubborn. You are missing out".
    I rest my case.

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    I think the OP was tongue in cheek[emoji1]
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    You never know...

    Here is a cousin, Kustom scaled "BOB" razor, I picked up a while back.

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    I got a custom MK[emoji12]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrchick View Post
    I think the OP was tongue in cheek[emoji1]
    Ding Ding Ding we have a winner

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