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Razor REVAMP Service


 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
  • 1960's/70's Super Adjustable's

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


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 Videos

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  • How it's Made: The Razor REVAMP™ Process at Razor Emporium
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 Product Reviews

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  1. Excellent Revamp

    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!

  2. My razor's like new!

    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.

  3. Quality from pride

    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

  4. Gillette Slim

    Posted by Dave on 11th Aug 2014

    My Gillette slim was in rough shape, but these guys did a fantastic job. Worth the wait.

  5. 1963 All Over Again

    Posted by John Reda on 5th Aug 2014

    In late June 2014 I sent my first double edge razor out for replating and I must say that the work that Razor Emporium was really very good. The razor was not in bad shape to begin with but did require some resurfacing due to plate loss. The razor came back to me looking like new, or at least what it looked like in 1963 when it was manufactured.

    It did take about 1 month to be retuned and that seems excessive but all in all I am pleased with the results so much so that I have sent my 1954 Gillette DE for replating to Razor Emporium.

  6. Flawless!

    Posted by Unknown on 5th Aug 2014

    I sent in a beat up Fat Boy showing lots of brass and got back a fancy nickel plated gem. Looks and performs like new. When are you guys opening up a spa to do the same for me! Thanks!

  7. nice finish on two razors

    Posted by Unknown on 4th Aug 2014

    I had two Gillette NEW razors revamped in two tone gold and they look fantastic! A few polishing scratches remain but not enough to take away from the wonderful gold plating.

  8. Beautiful job on my E2 Gillette Fatboy

    Posted by Joseph Bascue on 31st Jul 2014

    Beautiful like new condition, didn't get a polishing cloth though which would have been a treat!
    Thanks guys so much!
    5 Stars!!

  9. New life for an older razor

    Posted by Rob on 31st Jul 2014

    I came across Razor Emporium in the course of searching the web to find information about razors. The reconditioning service was characterized by very high reviews. After having had a beard for ages, I had decided to once again return to shaving in the classic style and purchased a Gillette Slim K 2 adjustable on E-Bay. I initially decided to request a tune-up, but indicated I would "upgrade" to reconditioning if that was recommended, and that in fact occurred. When the razor came back it looked like new. Initially I sensed a bit of stiffness with the adjusting ring, but that disappeared after working it a bit. If functionality rather than appearance is a primary concern, I expect a tune-up would be fine, but there is no question that the revamp will please the person seeking an aesthetic upgrade for an older razor.

  10. Well worth it!

    Posted by John on 23rd Jul 2014

    I sent in an old, aren't they all?, Fat Bot missing its finish and received back a razor that looked brand new. Even a nice handwritten note saying they could not get some of the deeper scratches out. Funny I couldn't even find them. The included polishing cloth was a nice touch too.

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