Blade Master DE Strop Refurb

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Blade Master DE Strop Refurb

Postby Chrisvo » Sun Sep 25, 2016 7:46 pm

Got this little gem yesterday for a few rand. Called the Blade Master and made in the USA during the 1930s.

Completely seized and rusted all over. Decided to risk it as it does make a nice display item. Sprayed it with some silicon spray to help loosen the screws. Left for a little bit and unscrewed the top cover when I came back. Then I oiled and cleaned all the inner workings, gears and all. Cleaned the gunk out, removed as much rust as I possibly could and left for awhile longer.

Reassembled the pieces as seen in the pictures below. No longer seized and actually works again. It was a bit dark in the work room so the pictures are not as clear as I would like them to be, sorry about that. Still... Enjoy!

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Re: Blade Master DE Strop Refurb

Postby RiverValleyTrading » Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:19 pm

Nice one ChrisVo! That's a very cool contraption. Have you tired it with a blade?
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Re: Blade Master DE Strop Refurb

Postby Chrisvo » Sun Sep 25, 2016 9:33 pm

Thanks Mo. It came with a really nice razor as well so I kind of had to buy it. Yes, it does work and I have tried using a blade in it. Although I haven't shaved with said blade.

Got a bunch of items from this gent, asked him to keep shaving items aside for me. He buys bulk so he can find items like this for almost nothing. If I don't like it, he doesn't mind and has other takers but usually there are at least a few items in the lot I am interested in and some, like this stropper, that I can try and repair and if it doesn't work out, simply throw away without having wasted money.
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Re: Blade Master DE Strop Refurb

Postby DAVEP » Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:32 am

How does it actually work?
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Re: Blade Master DE Strop Refurb

Postby Jacquers » Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:39 am

Nice refurb :thumbup:

Show us the razor as well :)
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Re: Blade Master DE Strop Refurb

Postby RiverValleyTrading » Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:59 am

DAVEP wrote:How does it actually work?


This is basically a little strop / edge 'cleaner' for DE razor blades.

In the old days the razor blade edge coatings were not as advanced as they are now. The blades were carbon steel as well. Also, the blades were slightly more expensive back in the day, so there were quite a few contraptions to extend the life of DE blade.

You put the blade over the posts and then pull the string to turn gears. It then rotates the blade against the inner sharpening stones.

Some of these sharpeners got quite intricate (turning the blade over etc.)
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Re: Blade Master DE Strop Refurb

Postby DAVEP » Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:02 am

Ooh okay now i see the mechanism thanks RVT for the explanation.
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Re: Blade Master DE Strop Refurb

Postby Jacquers » Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:04 am

It's a blade flosser :lol:
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Re: Blade Master DE Strop Refurb

Postby admin » Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:23 am

A post was made some time ago by SHSA that contains a nice litte gif on the inner workings of this little device;

http://forums.mastershave.co.za/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=62&p=2228&hilit=+%2A.gif#p2228

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Re: Blade Master DE Strop Refurb

Postby Chrisvo » Mon Sep 26, 2016 11:18 am

Thanks guys.

Jacquers, the razor is sitting in a tub full of sunlight liquid and warm water. I'll get to it lather... I mean, later this evening. Found another Rocket flair tip as well. Looks good but the one side of one of the doors is slightly bent meaning it won't close properly but still lines the blade up correctly. Need some steady elbow grease to slowly force it back without breaking it. I'll get to that next weekend.
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Re: Blade Master DE Strop Refurb

Postby deepsouth » Mon Sep 26, 2016 11:25 am

In suspense here - if you say it's a good find - then it has to be a good find !
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Re: Blade Master DE Strop Refurb

Postby BLES » Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:43 pm

Congrats on the rare find and superb restoration Chris. :thumbup:
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