Straight Razor Restoration & Honing

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Have a straight razor that needs polishing, sharpening, or maybe new handles made?


Our Straight Razor Restoration Service is the perfect solution for daily shavers and heirloom razors alike. Whether you want a shave-ready straight razor or museum quality keepsafe, we are committed to preserving history and helping you get the most from your wet shave experience.



  • Each razor is assessed for its specific needs. To safely remove afflicted metal during polishing, our team uses specialized compounds and rouges. Our experienced staff, safely maintain the integrity of your steel while buffing and polishing your razor and scales to look their best. This process removes pitting, rust, patina and damage, leaving the metal clean and hygenic.
  • We work to restore and preserve the original handles (scales) and will polish them to look their best. However, scales that have been contributing to rusting the blade are now removed and replaced with handcrafted custom scales designed by you if need be. Our website makes ordering custom scales easy by standardizing shapes, materials, and cost. Just select your options above and get a preview of what your straight razor will look like.
  • For that close shave, razors now move on to the sharpening process wherein our in-house Hone-Meister Eric takes them through an individualized stone progression. With an easel of over 12 stones to choose from; natural to synthetic, coticule to Chosera, exotic Japanese stones like Naniwa to tried and true performers like Norton, we have everything needed to give you the keenest edge you’ve ever experienced.



Our Straight Razor Restoration Service was created with two purposes in mind: the everyday shaver that wants clean steel, beautiful custom scales, and the sharpest shaving edge; as well as the family heirloom straight razor, ready to be passed down to future generations, perfectly preserved in museum quality condition.



We offer two different polishing options so your razor can return home exactly how you intend!

Polish: light metal removal using polishing wheels only. Removes active rust, minor imperfections in blade like honing scratches, restores shine.

Re-Grind and Polish: Each razor must be individually evaluated. Regrind and Polish removes a good amount of metal through grinding wheels. Good for razors in really bad shape. Removes as many imperfections as possible without changing the razors over all shape. Note, any etchings on the blade face will not survive a regrind.



  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 7-10 days once we receive your razor.



We promise to deliver to you a "Shave Ready" razor that has been polished, sharpened, sanitized and oiled. We guarantee our work for 3 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!  



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86 Reviews

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  • 4
    straight razor sharpening

    Posted by Matthew McWilliams on 1st Jun 2019

    The razor is finally sharp enough to shave with. The first 1/4 inch of the blade seams a little dull but i think that is from it hitting the scale if you do not close it carefully enough. I will definitely be sending it back to razor emporium for its next sharpening.

  • 3

    Posted by MARTIN H MALLORY on 24th Apr 2019

    I sent it to them to remove a frown in my blade. They performed perfectly. But the " shave ready" honing was far from being sharp enough. To much pulling and i have a fine hair.

  • 3
    Not quite there

    Posted by J. Royer on 29th Mar 2019

    I had Razor Emporium hone up a vintage near-wedge razor I purchased on Ebay. The edge looked really good, even under a loup. However, the shave really wasn't there. I ended up stropping on paste and running a few passes on my IRL hone to make it through a few shaves. And it really didn't hold very long. Maybe wedges just aren't their strong suit.

  • 4
    Very good, but...

    Posted by Unknown on 31st Jan 2019

    Overall, I'm very happy with how the blade of my 1820s/1830s Wade & Butcher came back to me. I asked for a hone, polishing, and new scales.

    The hone being the most important part, that came back great. The edge isn't quite as sharp as I think I need for my very coarse beard, but I'll know to ask for an insanely sharp edge next time.

    The polishing didn't come close to removing as much tarnish as I thought it would. I did a lot of the work ahead of time with a series of wet/dry sandpaper and some elbow grease, but the blade came back looking cosmetically identical to what I sent in. Perhaps my expectations were too high? Perhaps it really needed a regrind?

    I'm not super thrilled with the scales. I asked for cocobolo wood, which I've seen polished to a high shine before. The scales that came back seemed hardly finished, as if they'd come off the sanding wheel of a moderate grit, been wiped down, and called "good enough." They're not rough, but they're not smooth, either. They feel untreated, and somewhat cheap. Also, the peening seems incomplete. The pins stick out much farther than I would like, and have rough, sharp edges. It wouldn't have been too much effort to peen them slow and steady to round off the edges. I'm sorry to say, also, that the blade edge comes dangerously close to the side of the scale when closing, and won't close straight and centered.

    Again, I'm overall happy because the blade edge was treated very well. It's functional, but the overall "feel" of the job is rushed and cheap. The Razor Emporium folks have always done a great job, and I'm always appreciative of their hard work, but I think just the mark on this one.

    N.B.: It's not going to stop my using their services!

  • 5
    Great service

    Posted by Tom Cross on 2nd Jun 2018

    Sent in my razor to be honed . It was returned quickly and was not only hone but oiled as well. The shave is like it was new

  • 5
    Amazing Work

    Posted by Dr. Jim Winkler on 20th May 2018

    I bought an old (1930's) straight razor at an antique store and had Eric at Razor Emporium refurbish it. He did a fantastic job. The blade looks great, The bevel's mirror finish is flawless, even with a 30X jeweler's loupe and it shaves wonderfully. I'm looking forward to my next restoration project.

  • 2
    Not happy

    Posted by Ivan on 28th Apr 2018

    Both sides are visibly not treated evenly. One side has way bigger edge thickness then the other. It is almost as if someone took one pass on one side with a very ruff wheel belt. Top part has been nicked badly. I didn't examined blade before stropping and that cost me damaged strop since the top part of blade is nicked badly it left marks on strop.

    I don't know maybe its a good company. Shipping was fast and everything but the quality is really inferior. I'm inclined to say I got blade that cuts worse then when I sent it (its a brand new straight razor).

  • 5
    Quality work

    Posted by John Ballard on 20th Apr 2018

    I had my grandfather's razor, and my brother's in my possession for some time. I opened a new Barbershop with a friend. Wanting a little nostalgia I had my grandfather's razor equipped with a new handle, and both honed and polished. Quality work I recommend them for all your straight razor needs.

  • 5
    Grandpa's antique back to work

    Posted by Jacob MCDermott on 13th Apr 2018

    I had a straight razor that my Grandpa left me after he passed. I took it to the shop since I was in town and met Matt while he was working. He was extremely nice and knowledgeable about its age and the work it would need. It was a bit expensive but he let me know upfront it would be. We went over every option for the scales. He told me it would be at least a week (Monday afternoon) It arrived in my PO Box in California on Friday afternoon. I am ecstatic with the results! I even had to look at a before picture to make sure it was the same razor (it was). I would recommend the service to anyone. Not to mention I will buy some grooming products in the future...There is a wall of them in the shop.

Why Choose Razor Emporium?

Browse our large selection of high-quality new & vintage razors, shaving products, and accessories that we have hand-selected for their quality to insure that you have the best shaving experience from the start. Specializing in vintage shaving gear, you can shop with ease for professionally restored and sanitized razors that have been adjusted, photographed in high-resolution and arrive Shave-Ready. Buy with confidence knowing that we stand behind everything we sell and service. What you see online is exactly what you will get. We guarantee it!