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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 Videos

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

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  1. My Fat Boy--

    Posted by doug klein on 1st Mar 2015

    came back to me as if it just came off the assembly line when originally made..been shaving with it since I got it back...your crew does fabulous work....have told a few pepole on wet shaving sites about your services too.....



  2. Best bang for your buck.

    Posted by John Pastor Jr on 28th Feb 2015

    I sent in a 1961 Fatboy in foul shale came back looking and working brand new.

  3. Better than new Glllette Fatboy

    Posted by John Tyner on 25th Feb 2015

    I was amazed at the finish, very pleased, and the smoothness of the operation was flawless, it looked too nice to use, so put it back in the original case and left it there for a week. Then I decided it wasn't going to be a shelf queen. For my first shave I used a Gillette Silver Blue razor blade, it was the smoothest shave ever, I am rating this shave with a 5 star. I have several vintage Gillette razors and now I have the problem of deciding which will be my next razor to revamped.

  4. Order number 9682

    Posted by Glenn Elkins on 23rd Feb 2015

    Plating was ok. The tto retaining washer was mangled and the threads are mangled.
    Sent the razor back last week, have yet to hear anything from you.

  5. 1964 Gellette Adjustable Slim

    Posted by Unknown on 22nd Feb 2015

    I bought this razor new in 1964, and for many years it was put away for safe keeping. I saw Razor Emporium's site and thought I'd give them a try. I couldn't be impressed with how my razor turned out. It looks better than the day I bought it. I have another razor that I will be sending them for refurbishing soon.

  6. Fatboy revamp

    Posted by Nils on 22nd Feb 2015

    You did wonderful work om this razor, it now looks better than it ever did. Even a minor flaw on the silo doors was seen to. The Rhodium finish is spectacular! The service was excellent, fast and reliable, even shipping the razor back to Germany went quickly (not a given). I highly recommend your revamp process!

  7. Revamp revisited

    Posted by Unknown on 21st Feb 2015

    This was the second time that I have used your revamp service. The two Gillette flare-tip razors that I sent to you this time were family heirloom razors of my father-in-law who passed away unexpectedly this past Novmeber. Your service was perfect and I now have two "perfect" memories of him.
    Thank you

  8. Shaves like 1967

    Posted by James Bradley on 21st Feb 2015

    My Grandpa's razor
    looks and shaves great

  9. Raising The Dead

    Posted by Ed Lewis on 17th Feb 2015

    I love my safety razors. They are Ameican made, durable, precise and most important, give a great shave. The problem has been locating razors in decent condition. This is no longer a problem thanks to your quality service. I have had four razors revamped in Rhodium and I have a toggle being done in Rose Gold. They are magnificent. I love the work as well as the service. You guys are truly raising the dead.

  10. Great service

    Posted by Unknown on 16th Feb 2015

    I sent two razors in to be revamped, a '48 Milord and a '58 TV special. Razor Emporium's service was fantastic. Both razors turned out great. Thanks for restoring these two razors to their former glory!

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