Re-scaling service.

Discussion started by Wolf, Dec 3, 2017.

  1. Wolf

    Wolf Member

    Hi all,

    Need to get some new scales for a Henckels 7/8. Could just be repinning but I don't think the scales would survive. Anyone here provide or recommend such a service or a good place to get some scales for a diy job?(prefer to get it done properly though)
  2. SpeedyPC

    SpeedyPC Active Member Grand Society 2017 Sabbatical Fail 2018 Charity Auction Winner

  3. Substance

    Substance Member

    take a look at my work & give me a hoy if you want mate
    I'm in central QLD
    we can possibly just re-pin, repair or replace the scales completely depending current condition & what you really want
    post some pics here or send me some direct of what you are starting with & we can go from there
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  4. Wolf

    Wolf Member

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    Blade could do with a little polish and there appears to be some discolouration on the blade (bluing?) but seems to be in good shape. I'm not sure if the blades survive repinning due to the crack at the hinge pin which is a shame because of the logo. Blade sticks out of the scales at the heel ever so slighty. Scales are not tight and tang touches scales when you open the razor. Blade appears to be straight however. So looking at light polish and rescaling most likely. I like some of the scales you have on your page Dion. Don't need anything too fancy. Just some acrylic scales with a (off) white wedge. I do like the 3 pins though. Perhaps you could pm me some indication of how much I might be in for. Thanks
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  5. Substance

    Substance Member

    Is it cracked or just bashed at the pivot
    Some scale materials can last years with a crack but others fail with less damage
    The scale inlay if a metal one can be transferred onto new scales if need be
    The blade shouldn't need much to clean up the tarnish and hone
  6. Wolf

    Wolf Member

    Looks like there could be somewhat of a crack. Depending on price I kind of like the idea of a slightly more modern jacket for my razor even if the old scales were salvageable. Did you want to give me an idea of a price range I'd be looking at?
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  7. nathan1983

    nathan1983 Member

    Dion did a rescale for me a while back and it was great highly recommend him
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  8. Substance

    Substance Member

    had the pleasure to perform the re-scale on this beautiful 7/8" JA Henckels for @Wolf

    replace original celluloid scales with horn in a design similar to a vintage W&B celebrated squarer scales

    finished items:
    Scales: Black horn taken to a 5000 grit hand sand
    Wedge: Camel bone
    Inlay: Original Dancing Twins transferred flush finish
    Thrust washers: Original reclaimed copper
    Washers: New brass vintage replica bulls eye's with stainless inner washers
    Pins: Brass 1/16

    Blade received a 5000 grit clean up of the tang to clean away pivot residues
    full coating of renaissance wax to scales & blade and hand polish

    The edge was taken from a Naniwa SS 1k with 600 grit slurry to clean water to set the bevel
    with removal of minor chipping & rolled edge alone blade (possible stropping damage)
    then progressed onto a Jnat progression
    Polishing work was done a Uchigomoru Suita using a self-slurry through to clean water
    Finished on a Nakayama Asagi using a self-slurry through to clean water finish
    No further abrasives were used to finish this razor

    some pics of the re-scale in progress & complete

    initial blank fit & check of shaping to blade
    scales are still 5mm thick & square edged here

    scales shaped to 1500 grit trying to show the grain in the horn in the sun

    determining wedge sizes

    trial assembly with micro fasteners

    positioning of inlay
    I forgot to take pics of this stage
    I use tape to boarder the inlay position & protect the scales
    then draw around the inlay with marker
    & remove all scale material with a 1mm Dremel bit until the inlay fits flush
    using a piece of pinstripe tape to hold the inlay it is glued into position using a 2 part epoxy adhesive
    this is the scary bit as the epoxy does not melt with acetone like the celluloid scale to remove it if a screw it up
    left to cure for 2 days until nice & hard then sand of excess using 800 grit then back up to 5000 grit finish again

    final assembly ready for honing
    note the scale tails were also shortened

    with original scales

    playing in Nakayama mud

    shave test

    thanks for looking
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  9. Arnold J Rimmer

    Arnold J Rimmer Member 2017 Sabbatical Fail Artisan Producer


    I may have to send you my Maschco. I have been reluctant to change the cracked scales, due to the branding. This transfer looks great.
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  10. pvsampson

    pvsampson Member

    Great work mate.The scale shape changes made a big difference.
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  11. alfredus

    alfredus organises many group buys State Convenor - SA Group Buy Caporegime Charity Auction Team

    This is exceptional work @Substance - I wish I had a straight to send to you (y)(y)(y)
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  12. Snooze

    Snooze Active Member 2017 Sabbatical Fail 2018 Charity Auction Winner

    Really beautiful craftsmanship @Substance - especially with the inlay logo - thanks for sharing (y)(y)(y)
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  13. Pbgoose

    Pbgoose Member

  14. lerenau

    lerenau a cheeky monkey 2018 Charity Auction Winner

    That's amazing!
    Excellent work. Thanks so much for sharing!
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  15. Wolf

    Wolf Member

    I'm the very happy recipient of the razor. The original scales were loose and didnt seem to fit the razor. New ones suit the razor much better in my biased opinion. Haven't yet seen the final result in person but going on the photos, I couldn't be more pleased with the results. Dion has been a pleasure to work with. Excellent communication throughout and very accommodating in achieving the look I wanted.
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