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    Great link! That's the most info I've found anywhere. Fascinating reading, makes me want to get this one up and running even more. Search box used it to find so much info here before, don't know why my brain didn't go there for Packwood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JellyJar View Post
    Great link! That's the most info I've found anywhere. Fascinating reading, makes me want to get this one up and running even more. Search box used it to find so much info here before, don't know why my brain didn't go there for Packwood.
    No worries, using the Search Box is an easy one to forget. Don't ask me how I know that.

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    Yeah, I rarely use it. I hunt n search, then get that....duh, moment. Ah yeah !! The search box.

    BTW. That's a fine specimen of a Packwood, ya got there.
    Restored one some time back, was in a bit more dismay, than yours, by far. Great shavers, once honed properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JellyJar View Post
    Well that's how it was listed on ebay...Did a little digging and its a Packwood with a bad P stamp. Most I could find out about them was they were made in Sheffield in the 1800's and people who have them think they shave really nicely. I'd been looking for a spanish point and a heavier grind to try, so I took a bit of a chance on this one (I'm also a sucker for file work on the spine). The listing only had three photos - left/right with blade open and a close-up of the tang stamp. Handle would clearly need to go, but the blade looked like it might be ok. I couldn't really see the grind, but it appeared to be stouter than a normal hollow. I paid a little more than I was hoping as I got into a bit of a tussle in the last minute and was able to time the last second snipe correctly (if that was anyone on SRP - sorry). Still not unhappy with what I paid. It came in yesterday and like I suspected, the scales were ummm...functional. But, they looked like they were carved out of a redwood fence post with a hatchet. They were one piece, but had a pin in the wedge end One side of the pivot pin had the one and only collar and the saw they used to cut the space for the blade had to have had less than 8 teeth per inch. The pins were copper which seems a bit uncommon. The blade though was in good condition and has just a hint of a hollow grind. Some light rust and a tiny chip at the edge that should hone out. The bade is a touch under 13/16 at the heel and a touch over 13/16 at the toe and has a fairly even bevel - So my risk worked out My plan for this one is to get it apart enough to stop any active rust and then get back to a couple others I'm in the middle of. Not sure if I want to do this one in more of a period style or do something a little different. I've got a couple of scale and wedge materials I'd like to try out. With the weight of this blade I'll probably stick with lead. See what I'm in the mood for when I get to it. If anyone knows anything about Packwood razors I'd love to hear it.

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    Just my two cents, the blade still has what appears to be its original finish so if it were in my hands I'd just get the grunge off and do a light polish while trying to preserve the finish. The scales I would throw away and remake to period shape out of horn, but that's just me.
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