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    OK I looked around quite a bit before asking and I know this is The Straight Razor Place and all but I can't find much in the way of information on DE razors. Am I just missing a sub forum somewhere or are they just mixed in with every thing.
    I have a Gillette ajustable from 1973 and the finish is not bad but not great. it's in very good working order though. I'm thinking of taking it to a jeweler to see if they could re-plate it but I would want to do the disassembly and cleanup then also do the reassembly if i'm going to have it done. I just don't know what is involved in doing this and how hard they are to put back together. Any help would be appreciated.
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    There's a guy who restores these and sells them on eBay under the name "cedarfurnitureman" -- I think his first name is Quinton. Anyway, he is a member here and a really, really good person to deal with. If you wrote a message to him, I'm sure he would respond. You might even be able to pay him to restore and replate the razor for you. Good luck!

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    I know of a company which replates razors to a high standard, but the bad news is that it's on the wrong side of the Atlantic for you. If all else fails, PM me for details. I've just tried and failed to find a picture of a newly gold plated Fatboy which was posted on another forum, but it was immaculate.

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    Aha: found it.
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    Thank you for the tip I'll contact cedarfurnitureman about his service. but I saw a company online and they charged nearly 3 times what i payed for the razor to strip and refinish a razor like this. So I was hoping to do the majority of the work myself to save the money.
    If any one knows where to find a PDF or something like that, that shows how to disassemble them that would be cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gandrw View Post
    OK I looked around quite a bit before asking and I know this is The Straight Razor Place and all but I can't find much in the way of information on DE razors. Am I just missing a sub forum somewhere or are they just mixed in with every thing.
    I have a Gillette ajustable from 1973 and the finish is not bad but not great. it's in very good working order though. I'm thinking of taking it to a jeweler to see if they could re-plate it but I would want to do the disassembly and cleanup then also do the reassembly if i'm going to have it done. I just don't know what is involved in doing this and how hard they are to put back together. Any help would be appreciated.
    Hi there,

    Yeah, you're right about there not being all that much about DE razors here. The DE forum part is a fairly recent invention, and is a sorta token thing......heh.

    You have a slim, which is a well respected razor and a favorite of many. It's also a very common piece and available for a decent price. Unless this razor's an heirloom or something, I wouldn't suggest it as a candidate for replating. That process would be reserved for a more unusual type in most cases.

    You'll find slims ranging from $20 in good condition to maybe $40-50 in excellent shape with all black numbers. Oh, for your slim to be made in 1973, there would have to be a 'T' underneath the head. That's the letter for 1973, and I can't recall ever seeing a slim with that late of a date. Could it maybe be an 'I'? That would make it 1963.

    Directions for taking one apart may be difficult to find. I know there's instructions for doing that with a fatboy, which is the previous model before the slim. No idea if that would work on your piece. You can search over at the Badger and Blade site to find that info. There's also some info on various members who do DE replating and pics of the results.

    Hope that helps,

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    gandrw,

    Quite frankly the razor in your photos looks just fine to me. The plating may be worn, but it is not evident in the photos. Given the prices quoted by De layne, you may want to just useit as is. Perhaps you can check an Ebay seller such as cedarfurnitureman, and find another Slim that is in even better condition or has already been restored.

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    Yeah I just figured it would be a nice project and If I can find the means to do the disassembly and prep I would check the price of black titanium plating at a local jeweler before taking it apart. It's more of a I want the black titanium finish and to know how to do this sort of thing for me. The razor is in very good shape and is a good shaver so this may even turn into a quest for a not so nice razor that needs replating just so I have the excuse to go with the black titanium or even Black titanium on the handle and Nickel on the head.

    Dose any one know cedarfurnitureman's name on SRP. I don't know how to look up users on eBay

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    Quote Originally Posted by gandrw View Post
    Thank you for the tip I'll contact cedarfurnitureman about his service. but I saw a company online and they charged nearly 3 times what i payed for the razor to strip and refinish a razor like this. So I was hoping to do the majority of the work myself to save the money.
    If any one knows where to find a PDF or something like that, that shows how to disassemble them that would be cool.
    Gandrw:

    I'm curious what company you found online. What is their name and website address?

    Thanks.

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    Here you go but you have to ask me before you buy anything they have just in case I have my Eye on it.

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