Where to buy straight razor pins?

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Where to buy straight razor pins?

Post by Bill_K » Thu Sep 19, 2019 1:15 pm

Gents,

I'd like to try re-scaling a straight razor but I'm having a bit of trouble locating a vendor for pins. Any suggestions? (Canadian vendor preferred)

Thanks!
Bill

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Re: Where to buy straight razor pins?

Post by EL Alamein » Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:15 pm

Bill that's a tough one. It used to be that you could buy them easy from Classic but since it's been taken over they don't sell anything like that.

Hope you find a good vendor and share it here.

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Re: Where to buy straight razor pins?

Post by brothers » Fri Sep 20, 2019 2:48 pm

This is an easy one. ebay; Classic shaving; Maggard Razors; Naked Armor straight razors. Not from my memory, just a couple of seconds logging into google.
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Re: Where to buy straight razor pins?

Post by EL Alamein » Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:33 pm

Good catch, Gary.

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Re: Where to buy straight razor pins?

Post by Bill_K » Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:52 am

Thanks Gary! I hadn't thought of Maggard's, and to make the shipping costs worthwhile I might have to buy some soap while I'm at it. :wink:
Bill

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Re: Where to buy straight razor pins?

Post by naturalpuerh » Sat Oct 26, 2019 4:52 am

Just ask it again if you dont get right answer!

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Re: Where to buy straight razor pins?

Post by Bill_K » Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:09 am

Thanks, but I've located an unusual source: Princess Auto. I bought some bronze brazing rods for $15 and soaked one in water to loosen the flux - et viola, I have more material than I can hope to use in a lifetime. I went to the local hobby store to get some teeny, tiny washers.
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Re: Where to buy straight razor pins?

Post by brothers » Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:43 pm

Awesome! :D Very creative, and one welding rod probably contains enough material for a hundred pins, if not more, as you say. This brings up another question - what tool do you use to cut the pins, and how do you smooth off the ends of the pins before you put the washers in place and peen them?
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Re: Where to buy straight razor pins?

Post by Bill_K » Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:09 am

brothers wrote:
Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:43 pm
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This brings up another question - what tool do you use to cut the pins, and how do you smooth off the ends of the pins before you put the washers in place and peen them?
Hey Gary,

I just used the tools I had kicking around the garage: a pair of side cutters, a fine 1/4" triangular file, a one-foot chunk of 12" I-beam (aka the anchor for my fishing boat) to serve as an anvil, and a small ball peen hammer.

This video, which was my inspiration and guide, provides a better explanation than I can write: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3kno59xC4U

I drilled a shallow 3/32" hole in my anchor ... er, I mean my anvil ... so that I could measure, cut, and peen the first end of the pin.

My biggest mistake was to cut the rod a teeny bit too long; the extra peening resulted in a tight hinge pin. I'll have to exercise a wee bit more caution opening and closing the razor, but on the other hand it's never gonna fall open on its own. I used some touch-up paint for the Jeep to dab onto the pins when I was done; the colour matches really well.

BTW I had considered using an aluminum brazing rod because it's easier to work with than bronze, but I decided that it wouldn't be suitable because aluminum tends to cold flow under pressure.
Bill

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Re: Where to buy straight razor pins?

Post by brothers » Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:50 pm

Thanks Bill. Very good information and I learned a lot from the video. He makes it look easy. I've always been a bit intimidated by this part of straight razors. Hopefully not so much now that I've seen this video and read how well your project turned out for you.
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Re: Where to buy straight razor pins?

Post by Bill_K » Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:39 am

One more thing:

When you're ready to file down the old pin heads to remove them, I recommend putting a little electrical tape on the scales next to them. That way, you won't scratch the scales in a moment of inattention, as I did.
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Re: Where to buy straight razor pins?

Post by brothers » Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:02 pm

Oops! Thanks!
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Re: Where to buy straight razor pins?

Post by EL Alamein » Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:55 pm

Related to this topic, Bill, do you prefer washers on the inside of the scales? If so did you get them?

I am finding that I like my razor handles without washers and just seeing if anyone else has the same preference.

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Re: Where to buy straight razor pins?

Post by brothers » Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:51 pm

Chris, my preference is to not have any washers between the razor blade and the scales. I think the surface area would be too limited, which would result in loosening of the blade within the scales in a much shorter period of time. I believe the larger surface that is pressed against the blade on both sides would be a more efficient way of keeping the scales tight against the blade. Just my personal opinion.
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Re: Where to buy straight razor pins?

Post by Bill_K » Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:38 am

I did not put washers between the blade and the scales (only on the outside, under the peened ends of the pin).
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Re: Where to buy straight razor pins?

Post by brothers » Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:05 pm

Chris and Bill, I posted without noticing it was a question for Bill. Please excuse my error. :oops:
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Re: Where to buy straight razor pins?

Post by EL Alamein » Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:13 pm

Gary, no worries, great to get another opinion. I am right there with you and for the same reasons.

Bill, good to hear. I expect and hope that will work well for you.

My Boker has washers and the scales were not tight at all. Initially this didn't bother me but over time it did to my surprise.

I took a ball-peen hammer to the one side of the pin and tightened it up but it's still not as tight as my TI. I don't want to do anymore tightening for fear of damaging the gorgeous tortoise scales so I'll be happy with what I got.

All the vintage razors I've handled never had washers between the blade and scales now I'm seeing them on newer stuff. They just don't seem functionally relevant.

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Re: Where to buy straight razor pins?

Post by Bill_K » Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:50 am

Agreed, I just don't see how washers on the inside would be of benefit. Keep in mind that my experience with straight razors is limited to two vintage models (but I plan to look for other old-timers in need of restoration that I can include in my rotation).
Bill

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