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Razor REVAMP Service

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 Product Description

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.


Our Razor REVAMP Process

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:

  • 1950's Black Tip Super Speeds
  • 1950's Bottom Dial Fatboys
  • 1960's Lady Gillette's
  • 1960's/70's Black Handle Super Speeds
  • X4 Gillette Superspeed 

The following have restrictions:

  • British Gillette Razor that feature a TTO Knob / Shaft that screw up into the handle can only be done in Nickle or Rhodium
  • Also, 2 or 3 piece Zinc-Alloy Pot-Metal razors (Edwin Jaggar, Muhle, Merkur, Hoffritz) can only be plated in Nickel or Chrome

Also, please keep in mind that most surface scratches, dings and dents can be either minimized or removed all together through our surface restoration, however deep pitting or other serious metal imperfections can't be removed! We take into consideration the integrity of the metal before aesthetics and sometimes corrosion, pitting or dents are just too deep to safely be removed on parts of the razor. Know that we will do our best to make your razor sparkle and shine, but are limited by what we receive from you.


  1. Simply select at the bottom whichever precious metal plating finish you'd like and indicate which razor model you're sending (if listed)
  2. "Add to Cart" this item at the top, check out and make payment
  3. Send us your razor along with a completed shipping form, which can be downloaded from a link on your confirmation email you will receive AFTER CHECKOUT


Orders are welcome from all Domestic and International customers and are processed in a timely fashion, with typical turn-around times of 4-6 weeks.  


  • We fix 'em. As expert collectors, we're qualified to perform mechanical adjustments to make your razor function better when/if possible
  • We resurface the metal. Plating alone would be like painting a hail-damaged car
  • Longer lasting. We plate 2-3 Times thicker than anyone else
  • Razors arrive Shave Ready. We clean, polish, lubricate, paint, test and sanitize all razors before they're sent back to you
  • We stand behind our work. If you ever have an issue with your revamped razor, send it to us and we'll make things right


We know picking a metal can be a hard decision, hopefully this chart makes it easier than ever!








Rhodium 1940's Executive, 1950's President, British TTO Aristocrats
24K Gold Most models feature a thin 14K Gold with lacquer.
Rose Gold None
Nickel Super Speed, Ranger Tech, Senator, Fatboy, Slim, 3 Pc.Techs
Silver All Old Type + New Improved razors
Chrome* 1930's NEW Criterion


* While Chrome is a great metal choice for bumpers and car wheels, it reacts with water over time and without proper care, can easily start to blister and crack. On adjustable razors, it often interferes with moving parts and its brittleness doesn't do well with the flex and rubbing of metal-on-metal components that twist and tighten. For this reason we do not offer Chrome but have it here as a baseline comparison. 





Rhodium is a hard white metal in the group of platinum metals. It is very resistant to corrosion and will not tarnish. It is also very reflective and has a brilliant white shine. It is a precious metal, more expensive than the more commonly known gold and platinum. Cleaning rhodium is about as easy as it comes: a simple light scrub with a soft-bristle tooth brush and dish soap should remove any soap scum that may form on the surfaces over time with normal usage. Lightly buff the metal with a dry cotton cloth when you're done rinsing it

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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.

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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.

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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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 Product Reviews

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  1. Re-Vamp or Resurrection?

    Posted by Jon on 21st Apr 2015

    My Gillette Slim Adjustable from 1962 was found in an antique shop, not in the best shape. Matt and company found the tune-up wouldn't give best results, so I opted for the Re-vamp. The razor was returned in nearly new condition, and now is the centerpiece of my six razor collection. Highly recommended for those razors that deserve the best in TLC!

  2. Great job and thanks!

    Posted by Todd Spaulding on 21st Apr 2015

    Sent in two late 40's vintage Aristocrats for re-plating in Rhodium, one with minor mechanical issues. Plating came out beautiful, and the mechanical issue was corrected. Great communication throughout the process. Thank you so much, I'm a very pleased customer.

  3. Better than new!

    Posted by My Fathers son on 20th Apr 2015

    I sent my Fathers Gillette G4 razor to be re-plated. It was an attempt to keep a part if him alive and it is my daily shaver. To my amazement, this razor is far far far more beautiful than when it was new. If he was still here to see it he would tell me "Job well done son!" Thank you for surpassing my furthest imagination of what to expect. In the near future I will be sending my backup razor and a blade case to be treated with the same love and care by you.

  4. Top notch service and communication.. A+

    Posted by Unknown on 11th Apr 2015

    All around great sevive. Sent two vintage Gillette razors to Razor Emporium and both came back better than new. Approximately 1 month wait time which they said. Excellent communication. They emailed me 3 or 4 times during the razors process from receiving, to cleaning, to plating, to return shipping. I even called before I shipped the razors to ask a few questions and there customer service rep said you can ask me all the questions you want, I will answer them all. Definitely recommended company. Will do business with them again. Thanks for your great service..

    PS..Take good care of my Gillette fatboy you are revamping...

  5. Gold Finish Sheraton- Rhodium Finish Fatboy

    Posted by Keith Coyne on 11th Apr 2015

    Sent razors Priority Mail from Pittsburgh on April 8th , received this e-mail from the Emporium ----------------------------------- 10th Apr 2015 @ 5:44 PM
    Razor Emporium Said:


    Hello and thank you for your order, your razors have been received and checked in for service.
    We look forward to updating you on their progress here.

    Best Wishes & Happy shaving,


  6. Nickel plated 1946-1947 Aristocrat.

    Posted by Anthony. on 10th Apr 2015

    The Aristocrat razor had badly worn gold plating, and as I wanted to use the razor at the gym, I had it plated in nickel.
    Now it's a real Beauty! and the plating is flawless. Thanks Razor Emporium for giving new life to a tired old razor.

  7. Looks better than NEW!!!

    Posted by Kim Johnson on 6th Apr 2015

    My Gillette Fatboy was in good shaving condition, a little brassing and light scratching, it just looked tired. Now with a cleaning and new Nickel plating it is beautiful. I was torn between getting just a cleaning or going all in with new plating. I now have no regrets. My other shavers will soon follow.

  8. 1947 Gillette razor

    Posted by Captain Kessler on 24th Mar 2015

    I asked RE to find and restore me a razor made my birth year.

    The workmanship is second to none. I have shaved it for the last week and Il love it.

  9. Old to New

    Posted by Ron on 22nd Mar 2015

    Sent old Fat Boy and got it back in better than new condition. Looks so good don't know if I want to use it. No, will use it.

  10. Fantastic!

    Posted by Jeremy on 19th Mar 2015

    Sent in a1959 Fat Boy for a revamp service to be re-plated in Rhodium. Took about 5wks to come back, but when it did I was blown away at fantastic quality! Not only did the razor look outstanding, but the mechanics of the razor were obviously adjusted as well to operate like-new. This service truly does live up to the name! Thanks Razor Emporium!!! I'll be sending more business your way. :-)

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