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    Hello gents, I found a NOS Carl Frederich ERN razor couple weeks ago. I was planing to buy this beauty since then and did some research. Although, I haven't found any date, I knew ERN was a good company and they made very good razors back in the days.

    It has two small rusty spots and some dirt. Can you give me any advice how to clean it without damage the etching.
    By the way factory edge is not good but not bad, how can I touch-up the bevel? Shall I dull the blade on the glass or just touch-up on the 1k and go up?

    Thanks in advance.

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    I wouldn't dull the blade on glass, starting on the 1k will itself reset your bevel. As for the rust spots, I don't really see any in the pictures, if they are very slight I would just leave it as is. if they are near the gold etching, you can cover it with some tape, and hand sand the rust with a progression of sand paper. before you cover the etching with tape, test spot an area, as some gold etching is prone to being removed with the adhesive on the tape.
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    Lovely looking razor. The gold etching is extremely fragile so I would not clean it with any thing but a mild liquid soap and water mix applied gently with a soft cloth. If you have to use metal polish on the blade I would mask off the gold etch with something like painters tape and work carefully around but not on it. Metal polish will quickly remove the gold etching.

    For the edge you could try taping the spine and touching up the edge on your finest finishing hone. Alternately you could tape the spine and do a complete bevel reset if the touch up does not do it. I would not start the bevel reset on a 1K hone if the edge and bevel are decent on a NOS razor, it removes far too much metal that would not be needed to be removed. I would not go any lower than 3K to start on.

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    Great looking razor. Congratulations on your find!
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    Thank you my friends for your kind comments and advices. Rusty spots are one in tang and the other is in back side of the blade. I don't want to sand the razor all I want is stop the active rust and remove these ones. Can I clean these two spots with metal polisher(only the sopts)? Then clean the razor with dish soap and water. Final stage is inspect the bevel again and if it's good polish it with 3k/8k/c12k and so on.

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    Try scrubbing the rust spots with a pencil point. If it is superficial, it often takes it right off.
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    That is a fine acquisition ! Erns are great blades, I am sure you will enjoy it.
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    Very nice score!!! Erns are great razors & shavers as well. You should be able to get the minor rust off with no problem by following some of the above comments. Congrats on the cool razor!
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    I seen that on your instagram account. beautiful razor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redcane View Post
    I seen that on your instagram account. beautiful razor.
    Thanks mate I like your razors too. You have nice shavers in your den.
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