Resurrecting A Classic

Discussion in 'The Cutting Edge' started by Bugs, Jan 21, 2019.

  1. Bugs

    Bugs Well-Known Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Deciding to give my long deceased grandfather straight edge razor a face lift. A little history...
    3 generations of Kropp Razors...
    1888-1896 Ground in Hamburg
    1897-1910 (approx.) Made In England Ground In Hamburg
    1919 (approx.)-1940 (approx.) Made And Ground In Sheffield. Eng,
    This one is made in England and ground in Hamburg circa 1897-1910.
    It had a lot of blade staining, some rust and DNA ;)
    Before pics...
    blade5.JPG kropp1.JPG kropp3.JPG kropp4.JPG
    These are hollow ground blades. Spent the day cleaning off the crud. Polished the blade to mirror finish. Re-ground the edge. Wet honed on Japanese water stones and then stropped to a shaving sharp finish on 3 grades of strops.
    Had wifey hold blade for final pics...
    I'm thinking Grandpa would be proud to see his shaver. May he rest in peace.
  2. team101

    team101 Active Member

    Jul 31, 2017
    Very nice.
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  3. limbkiller

    limbkiller Pulling my hair. Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2011
    Dang that looks great Bugs!!!
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  4. azpoolguy

    azpoolguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 4, 2013
    I love it. I would not know how to shave with it but I love old tools. That’s some great work.
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  5. Bugs

    Bugs Well-Known Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    I would not want to get cut with this thing. Any mob guys out there need a new blade?
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  6. apipeguy

    apipeguy Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2014
    Looks great, what stones do you use for sharpening.
  7. walleyemonster

    walleyemonster Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2017
    I would have cut my fingers to ribbons trying to polish it! Beautiful job!
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  8. Mike A

    Mike A Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 19, 2017
    Some would say. What Stones you have, for letting your Wife get her hands on that! LOL. :D
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  9. KTXdm9

    KTXdm9 Well-Known Member

    Sep 23, 2018
    What did you use for polishing?
  10. Bugs

    Bugs Well-Known Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Shapton water stones. For blade re-contours/re-grinds I start with Atoma diamond stones. Amazingly the edge on this blade was in decent shape; no nicks at all seen under magnification. Water stones was all that was needed.
    Quite a bit actually. Started with wet sanding 2000 grit to 6000 grit, Flitz, Mothers Mag polish, and a stainless steel polish my wife uses for appliances. Last application was Flitz and a polishing wheel. Between polishing, sharpening and stropping about 4 hours. Blade was a mess. Handle I polished with MegCar car polish. I even cleaned out inside the handle. Thing is as close to new as I can get it.
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  11. Razer

    Razer On The Razers Edge Staff Member Admin Moderator Supporting Addict

    Jul 1, 2012
    That looks great Bugs, nice job on cleaning it up.
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  12. FWoo45

    FWoo45 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2017
    Very cool project. Thanks for sharing. It turned out great.
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