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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. 1962 H-2 Gillette Slim passed down from Grandfather to Father to me and to my son someday.

    Posted by Timothy L. Haubenstricker on 29th Jun 2015

    Sent in my Razor to be Rhodium Plated. Came back beautiful the day before Father's Day. Shaves nicely and now I have started the tradition to use it on Father's Day each year as a way to honor my heritage and someday pass this tradition down to my son when he becomes a father.

  2. Gillette Fatboy and Vintage King Straight Razor

    Posted by Roy H. on 22nd Jun 2015

    Razor Emporium refurbished and restored my 1961 Gillette Fatboy and related it in Rhodium. They did a fantastic job; it looks fantastic and brand new. They also restored, polished, and honed my father's vintage straight razor. They also installed new scales and it looks as good as new. It had some pitting on the stem, but it is not too noticeable. Marissa kept me informed on the progress of each razor and the communication was great. In summary, I could not be more pleased and I will definitely do business with them again.

  3. Fantastic

    Posted by Unknown on 15th Jun 2015

    I got the razor revamp service for a Gillette Slim and a Gillette Fatboy. They both came back looking amazing. The best part is the Slim is my father's very first razor. It was awesome to give him his old razor back in such great condition. I shave with the Fatboy every day and wouldn't trade it for anything.

  4. Razor Revamp!!!

    Posted by Gordon Mills on 14th Jun 2015

    The products that come back to you are much better than new. There services are second to NONE!!! They communicate with you thru the whole process.I have had 3 razors revamped by them and I can only say "WOW"!!! One was done in 24kt gold, it is awesome!! Two were done in rhodium, again awesome. I have sent them 3 more to have done. They get all of my razor work. I highly recommend this company with great employees!!!!!!

  5. Sparkly

    Posted by DJ on 14th Jun 2015

    If you want a fast turn-around this is not the service you're looking for.

    If you want superb results ...look no further.

  6. Consistent quality of service time and time again.

    Posted by Angelos B. on 12th Jun 2015

    It's the third revamp job I have assigned to Razor Emporium and this time it was replating my (birth trimester) Gillette Aristocrat Adjustable in gold. I have received it today from the post and I can sum my review in just two words: flawless work.

    Thank you again Matt, Tiffany and crew.

  7. Like new!

    Posted by Dan W. on 9th Jun 2015

    So far I've had a Gillette New open comb, a slim, and a fatboy serviced and replated. The New was with gold/rose gold two tone and the slim and fatboy were done in rhodium. They all turned out beautiful and work great!
    Thanks Razor REVAMP!!!

  8. 1940's brought into the 21 century

    Posted by Robert Koontz on 8th Jun 2015

    What a transformation on a 75 year old razor, using modern DE blades, shaves more comfortable and efficent than modern DE razors. It has a very mild shave, totally non-agressive. What a beautiful transformation when revamped in Nickel.

  9. My TSD review

    Posted by Anthony Sickles on 3rd Jun 2015


  10. Perfection!

    Posted by Unknown on 2nd Jun 2015

    This is the second fat boy that was revamped and it is flawless just like the first one thanks

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