This is our comprehensive cleaning, resurfacing and re-plating service designed to give the best possible results for vintage shaving razors that have seen better days. By preparing the razors prior to plating and restoring them after they return, results as you see below are possible in most instances.
All razors are cleaned and stripped of all soap scum and original plating. All areas of the razor are then resurfaced; removing pitting, scratches and minor dents that could have formed over the years. At this time, a mechanical inspection is given to the razor to make sure it opens/closes and holds a blade properly and any needed repairs are performed. We then plate the razor in the desired material of your choice (see below) at 8 micro-inches- thicker than Gillette and nearly 3 times that of any other plating facility today for Rhodium or 24K Gold.
Before the razor is ready for you to shave with again, we clean off any residue from the plating solution and give a final buff and polish to the surfaces. Next, specialized paint numbers, indicators, and color-coded tips are restored to "like-new" factory specifications. Razors are then re-assembled, sterilized in an ultrasonic cleaner, packaged with an official Razor Polishing Cloth and will return to you in Shave-Ready condition.
With hundreds of razors successfully plated, we have a fairly good idea of what is achievable from this process. The best results come from razors made of brass or stainless steel. This includes nearly every razor from Gillette. Unfortunately we are unable to plate the following in any capacity:
Our gold plating is hard acid gold which allows for good wear and brightness. It is applied thicker than Gillette had ever plated and should last for decades to come with normal usage. We plate exclusively in 24 Karat, the purist form of the element Au (Gold) at 99.9%. It has the highest luster of that deep and rich yellow color. Cleaning of the razor would be similar to any gold jewelry; best carried out by a professional or specialized Gold cleaning products.
Rose gold plating is a high karat Gold finish with a layer of copper added. It provides a rose colored hue and is very similar in all other ways to the wear / qualities of regular gold.
Nickel is a hard, white, abrasion resistant metal. As an under-plate it provides corrosion protection and helps brighten the finish. This was the most commonly used plating choice for most of the Gillette and other safety razors because it was relatively inexpensive, robust, and looks good for a very long time despite heavy usage and wear. Clean nickel with dish detergent and a soft bristle tooth brush on a regular basis to maintain a soap-scum free shine. Polish only when heavy tarnish is present with a cotton cloth and products like Flitz or MAAS.
The whitest of all precious metals, silver is a classic metal choice that has been used in safety razors for generations. It is applied thicker than Gillette had ever plated and should last for decades to come with normal usage. Cleaning of the razor would be similar to any silver jewelry; best carried out by a professional or specialized Silver cleaning products.
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Posted by Brian on 27th Aug 2014
I sent in my newly acquired 59 Fatboy for revamping, choosing to finish it in rhodium. What I received back looked like a brand new razor. Everything worked smoothly and the finish was flawless. I have no doubt this razor has another 56+ years of life still in it again. Thank you Razor Emporium for your great work. I have been shamelessly promoting you and your services ever since I found your site, and even more so now that I have seen your work first hand.
Posted by richard chaney on 25th Aug 2014
Simple as this;
Ship old worn out razors to Razor Emporium and they send back beautiful gleeming works of art !
Could not be more pleased with their service and craftsmanship.
Posted by Steve on 25th Aug 2014
Purchased Gillette Slim Adjustable H3 on ebay that was in ok condition. Had Razor Emporium complete Razor Revamp service with new Rhodium finish. Razor is beautiful and looks and works like new.
Thanks so much for providing this service.
Posted by Don A Berry on 25th Aug 2014
Good job, razor looks great thanks.
Posted by Rob on 25th Aug 2014
My Gillette Fat Handle Tech came back looking better than I'm sure it did from the factory! Beautiful, deep, Rose Gold! It's almost too nice to use..nah, I'm going to use it everyday. Trouble is, its hard to shave with the big smile it gives me every time I pick it up.
Thanks for a great restoration.
Posted by John Reda on 24th Aug 2014
I have now received my 2 razors back form Razor Emporium after they have been replayed. I must say that although the process seems long ( 2 months) the end result is well worth the wait. Matt and Tiffany run a great service for those of us who are hell bent on restoring vintage razors. I would highly recommend their service to anyone looking to restore their razors.
Posted by James Nolan on 24th Aug 2014
I sent a damaged TTO slim to Razor Emporium for repair. I had asked
them if it could be repaired. They replied that they could, so I ordered a
nickel revamp for it. I received the razor, and was amazed at the finish
and the perfect repairs. Razor Emporium are true craftsman.
R.E. has retuned my red tip, blue tip and revamped my fat boy TTO.
I will add the slim to these razors in my rotation. I don't believe in
razors as display only. I enjoy using these razors that are refinished
by Razor Emporium.
Posted by Derrill on 12th Aug 2014
I recently had Razor Emporium revamp my 1941 Ranger Tech. The razor returned in flawless condition and I'm sure I will utilize this service in the future. Thanks, Matt and staff!
Posted by Will on 12th Aug 2014
I bought a safety razor on eBay. I liked the style, but the original plating was almost completely worn off. The Razor Revamp did the trick--when I got the razor back, the nickel plating looked great, and the razor felt like brand new. I love it.
Posted by Ryan Buzzard on 11th Aug 2014
Nine sent in looking or working like they were beat like a rented mule...
Nine came back looking and working great
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