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 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!
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.
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.
Posted by Edgar DeCastro on 19th Jul 2014
Gorgeous.....kudos to Razor Emporium for a job well done:))
Posted by Kevin Bury on 18th Jul 2014
This was my second razor to be revamped. The first was bad, but they fixed it. I didn't want to write them off, maybe it was a random mistake. I doubt it was. The second one was not completely plated and was mailed to me dirty. It was not sanitized, or even cleaned for that matter. I took pictures to send them. I filled out the contact me email form to let them know of the issues and four days later I haven't even had a reply from them. So thats three strikes for me, one poorly done razor (although the did fix it), a second poorly done razor delivered dirty and a failure to respond to a customers email sent through their websites automated form.
Posted by Kevin on 18th Jul 2014
Had my father's old Gold Tech from the 40s stripped & plated in 24K gold.
This razor saw the S. Pac. WWII & I had it refurbished to give my son ( a medically retired Marine Sgt.).
It looks great. This company does good work
I will be sending mine in to be done.
Posted by J.H. on 9th Jul 2014
Sent in a fatboy because I wanted it to look and feel just like it did when it was new and I got that exactly. If you are on the fence about using them don't hesitate. I debated on this for nearly 6 months and wish I had done it sooner. Now trying to decide which razor I want to send in next :)
Posted by Allan Boyd on 4th Jul 2014
I sent 2 Fatboys in to be revamped in rhodium. They cam back in perfect working order and a beautiful new finish. they look as good as they did when they were brand new. I am totally pleased with the resuts and would recommend their service to everyone!
Posted by Mark Davis on 4th Jul 2014
Great communication....They always let me know when anything was happening with the razor. It came back to me absolutely beautiful!!! I am going to send my other razor to them now and would send more, if I had them!!!!!
Posted by Unknown on 4th Jul 2014
Top-notch quality of the work. Rhodium finish is flawless.
Timely and clear communication.
Very happy customer. Highly recommend.
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