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Safety Razor Revamp Service

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 Product Description

Have a razor that needs to be fixed, polished and plated in a new metal? Revamp it!


Finding a vintage razor online or at an antique store can be fun and an economical way to try out some of the classic performing models. However what do you do with the pitts, rust, worn plating and broken components that sometimes come with it? We designed our Revamp Service to address all of these issues and deliver to you a vintage razor that looks and functions like it just left the factory floor!



  1. We first clean your razor in our industrial ultrasonic machine to remove any soap scum, mineral deposits and grime. Dis-assembly is carried out for the best results whenever possible. 
  2. All areas of the razor are then resurfaced; removing pitting, scratches and minor dents that could have formed over the years. 
  3. Next we carefully polish the inside and out of your razor, bringing the vintage metal up to a high luster. 
  4. Mechanical adjustments are made to ensure the best functionality of your razor.
  5. We then plate the razor in-house using 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.
  6. We carry out any painting that is needed - numbers on adjusters, tips on super speeds and black handles. We bake the paint on for greater durability at no additional cost.
  7. Razors are again cleaned and sanitized before being lubricated and mailed back home. We include a free POLISHING CLOTH that will safely keep the shine on your vintage find!



  • 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



With thousands of razors successfully revamped, 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
  • X4 Gillette Superspeed 
  • 2 or 3 piece Zinc-Alloy Pot-Metal razors (Edwin Jaggar, Muhle, Merkur, Hoffritz)

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. "Add to Cart" this service, check-out and make payment.
  2. Download and fill out the Revamp Service form that will be included in your emailed invoice.
  3. Send in your razor however you choose - USPS Small Flat Rate box is our recommendation. 
  4. We'll let you know when we receive your razor and keep you updated during the process. 
  5. Our turn-around time is 4-6 weeks once we receive your razor. 



We promise to deliver to you a "Shave Ready" razor that has been polished, adjusted, plated, painted, sanitized and lubricated. We guarantee our work for 6 months from the date we ship it back to you, giving you the confidence to enjoy using a quality vintage razor! Please CONTACT US with any other questions!  



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

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 Product Reviews

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  1. Revamp service for vintage DEs

    Posted by Alvin on 30th Aug 2015

    I could not recognise the Rotbart DE, Fatboy and the Big Fellow that came back to me! They have literally been given a new lease of life. I think it is a good thing that RE moved their replating service in-house. I was not in any particular hurry so the wait was more than acceptable for me. I think the Rotbart in nickel turned out best.

  2. Good plating, lousy assembly

    Posted by Unknown on 27th Aug 2015

    Razor Emporium did a very good job of platting the razor, but didn't assemble the razor properly. It was a Toggle TTO Gillette razor and it would not open or close properly after getting the razor back. It worked perfectly prior to plating. They suggested to use mineral oil, but that didn't work. I finally had to send the razor out to another razor revamper to get it working properly. Would recommend Razor Emporium for three or two piece razors only, not TTO or Toggles.

  3. miracle workers

    Posted by Unknown on 25th Aug 2015

    I sent my dads old safety razor to Razor Emporium just to see what they could do with it. It was in very poor condition and, as I was told when they received it, looked like somebody had hit it with a hammer. I was warned that with the pits on the surface it might not be possible to make it cosmetically perfect but it would be functional.

    What I got back was this 1962 razor in brand new condition! Not only was it functional, but they had done such a great job refinishing and plating the razor that I couldn't really tell where any of the damage had been.

    Razor Emporium has done a great job and I appreciate their attention to detail. I hear that they now have their plating process in house and that's one reason why my razor turned out so nicely; they control their entire process from start to finish.

    If you have any doubts just send them your razor and quit worrying. You'll be glad you did.


    Springfield Virginia

  4. Quality work

    Posted by Dr. Mario c Barbiere on 10th Aug 2015

    I was exceptionally pleased with the great service provided by Razor Emporium as the old razor I sent it came back beautiful. I now know that I can buy any razor I like and have it re-plated and it will come back looking great

    Thanks os much for a job well done

  5. Superb restoration

    Posted by Lee on 5th Aug 2015

    Razor emporium did a great job with my 1960's adjustable slim. The rhodium revamp is great ( numbers still in black) and the action now as good as new. Thanks guys.

  6. Awesome Revamp!!

    Posted by Gordon Mills on 2nd Aug 2015

    It is difficult to describe how great their work really is!!!! I have had 6 razors 1 razor case and 1 blade case done by them. Their attention to detail is next to none. I highly recommend their services!!!

  7. Gilette Razor Revamp

    Posted by Michael Traher on 2nd Aug 2015

    Great work and worth the wait.

  8. A-OK

    Posted by Technopundit on 1st Aug 2015

    Class act. Am very satisfied. Dropped off my razors in person. Staff and facility is a pleasure to deal with. Well organized and friendly. Very professional.

  9. Worth the wait

    Posted by Don The Navygoat on 31st Jul 2015

    I couldn't believe this was the same razor I sent in for a revamp. I believe razors should keep their patina (you should see the new comb my Dad carried during WWII in the Pacific). That razor tells a story in it's patina! But this Aristocrat was absolutely abused. When I got it back, it looked like a brand new one. I use it as a daily driver since, IMHO it is not a collectible anymore. It's a beautiful razor! Thank you to the team who worked on this. And thank you Melissa for being so patient with my questions. You guys all deserve raises!

  10. Fatboy lookin Good!!!!

    Posted by Kent Johnson on 29th Jul 2015

    Thanks guys for the work done on my Gillette Fatboy sent to you. I am thinking it looks as good if maybe not better than when it was new! Also thanks for getting it here sooner than I expected. Hope to deal with you guys again.
    Best Regards, Kent

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