New to me heirloom

Discussion in 'Razors' started by Shawn, Dec 26, 2018.

  1. Shawn

    Shawn New Member

    I was at my in-laws yesterday for the holiday dinner thing. My father in law brought me out a Case "2X" knife to show me that his father had found and kept. From the stamp on the blade it was made between 1940 and 1964.
    (My father in law worked most of his life and retired from Alcas. Alcas is the maker of Cutco and Kabar, so knives/blades/metals are a common conversation point with him and I, especially since I use straights and have started forging.)

    Then he sets this thing down in front of me. Looks like a very large straight razor coffin. I pull a smallish sized paddle strop out of it. I got a little excited and shook it gently. It rattled!!
    A little playing around and I figured out the latch and swung the one panel open to find it did indeed contain a straight razor.
    The sleeve and strop say Keen Edge, but the razor is an Eagle Razor CO. silver steel. I have no idea if it's what was originally packed in there or not. The razor needs a little TLC, but should clean up nicely. He told me that it had belonged to and was used by his dad.
    As I was looking it over, he said "take it and put it in your collection". So I am now the 3rd generation owner of this little beauty.

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  2. MotoMike

    MotoMike New Member

    That is the blade profile that appeals to me. wish I could make out the etching on the blade. That is a great gift,Congrats Shawn. some how you made it through Santas list even though checked twice.
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  3. Shawn

    Shawn New Member

    Thanks Mike. The etching is two camels facing each other with "silver steel" in the middle between them. Then a palm tree or something behind each of them. It's tough to make out with it in your hand actually, much less on photos.

    I think I was on Santa's pity list for the rest of the year I've been having and he let one slide for me. :p
  4. verndahl

    verndahl AKA tintin

    Really nice Shawn, I think it's neat when someone can get a family piece like that. I wish i would have had the opportunity (or foresight) to save some of the things that belonged to my Grandparents. Clean it up and use it for special occasions!
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  5. RezDog

    RezDog Member

    There is nothing better than heirloom pieces in your collection. I have an heirloom razor too and bring it out for special shaves or when I’m feeling nostalgic. It will be a great shave. You are a very lucky person.
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  6. Bruno

    Bruno Administrator Staff Member

    That's a really nice razor. Love the etching on it.
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  7. Shawn

    Shawn New Member

    Thanks guys! Got to work on it with some 00 steel wool and got the bits of rust off and the tarnish off the pins. Luckily nothing in the pivot, it was clean.
    There are still a few spots, but I don't want to sand with the etching being so shallow, so getting the rust off is good for now.

    Started honing and it's being a pain. It's actually taking an edge well, and pretty straight, but it's slightly magnetic and I keep finding little pieces of steel wool pop up. I think I have it all cleaned, again, start to hone.... bam! there's another one...
    But I got the bevel set on my 2k Shapton with no issues, then on to the 5k. Going to do 8k and then onto my Narutaki.
  8. RezDog

    RezDog Member

    I tend to go for the 0000 steel wool myself.
  9. Shawn

    Shawn New Member

    I missed a "0"... It was 000 steel wool.
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  10. RezDog

    RezDog Member

    I think 0000 is the finest.steel wool works great especially when combined with WD-40 and mothers polish.
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  11. Gasman

    Gasman Show me that again!

    I use a Synthetic Steelwool. Yep, its not metal at all so it dontstick to anything. No little bits. I find it at the hardware store next to the real stuff. Grey is 000 and white is 0000.
    Nice razor BTW, And with a travel box too. Nice!
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  12. Shawn

    Shawn New Member

    I'm going to have to look for the synthetic stuff. Would probably be nicer for finishes too.

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