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    Hey guys, first-time poster! Here's an old 4/8 Shaw's Verabest razor of mine and I was wondering if it's still restorable for long-term use:

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    As you can see, the spine shows some honing and the edge smiles about a millimeter on each end. The scale is also broken off behind the pivot, but I have some cocobolo to make new scales. Your recommendations?

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    Lotta hone, but there iss no way to tell until you lay to hone.

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    You mean something about the blade relative to the hone surface, or just sharpness?

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    I think he meant to say hone wear. I see no reason that it won't give good service. I've got some with more hone wear than that one that are good shavers. It can always be honed with a layer of tape or three to get the bevel closer to what it was originally as well.

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    Should the smiling edge be left alone? It would be a shame to take off so much metal (unless I'm overestimating the damage), but at the same time it would feel really awkward maintaining someone else's clumsy honing job!

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    That it's had a lot of honing can mean it was a very good razor that the owner didn't want to retire.
    The slight smile is desirable & was recommended in the 1961 barbering text advanced honing instructions but the hone wear on the stabiliser is questionable.

    http://straightrazorpalace.com/srpwi...t_-_Honing.pdf

    I'd hone it first & see if it meets your needs.
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    I'd leave it if it was mine. That isn't much of smile at all.

    I've got several smiling razors and they shave just fine.

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