New UK Razor Re-plater

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Land of the Prince Bishops
My well worn Micromatic Open Comb:
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I contacted John and asked if he could remove the chrome plate back to brass. Initially he tried but couldn't remove the chrome. So I gifted him the razor for his trouble, telling him I would probably PIF it anyway.
Long story short, he came back to me after a few days with a video showing me he had invested in some chrome stripping chemicals and had in fact succeeded in taking it back to brass, and said to me, it's yours, just pay for my service.
Here it is:
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I'll let you decide how happy I am.
 
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Halifax, Republic of Yorkshire
Very excited about the return of my resurrected Goodwill ...

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The razor came to me as just the head (thanks to my pal @ajc347 ) and it has happily sat on a reproduction early style ball-ended handle that I got from Connaught. JJ had the necessary bits to make up a carbon fibre handle which I think suits it really well.

Very excited indeed ... it's fresh out of the fryer, so to speak and will be in my hands in a couple of days.

Super chap to deal with and from the looks of this, he's very good at his work.

Alas, upon stripping the plate the razor was not all brass or I would have had it returned de-plated and polished. The cap, oddly, was some kind of alloy which JJ told me was silver in colour and he couldn't quite identify. Minor warning that it might not plate with his process, but he would polish it up regardless. Happily, the plate took ... and I think you'll agree that it looks stunning!
 
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That looks amazing! I speak with John quite regularly and you won’t find a nicer bloke. Always willing to go the extra mile and will often have suggestions or options you may not have thought of or considered. Neither will he take on work just for the sake of making a buck - honest advice all the way.
 

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Very excited about the return of my resurrected Goodwill ...

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The razor came to me as just the head (thanks to my pal @ajc347 ) and it has happily sat on a reproduction early style ball-ended handle that I got from Connaught. JJ had the necessary bits to make up a carbon fibre handle which I think suits it really well.

Very excited indeed ... it's fresh out of the fryer, so to speak and will be in my hands in a couple of days.

Super chap to deal with and from the looks of this, he's very good at his work.

Alas, upon stripping the plate the razor was not all brass or I would have had it returned de-plated and polished. The cap, oddly, was some kind of alloy which JJ told me was silver in colour and he couldn't quite identify. Minor warning that it might not plate with his process, but he would polish it up regardless. Happily, the plate took ... and I think you'll agree that it looks stunning!

That is absolutely gorgeous, and very shiny. :love:
 
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Not too far from LHR
JJ is a top bloke. He's got all the gear for restoring, stripping, replating, servicing Gillette adjustables, honing straight razors, replacing scales, even resetting the tang hole, he's in with Drew Dick (artisan maker of straight razors) and Boaby G (nice strops), imports Razorine, and even sells Graeme's carved brushes. He does regular YT videos (SotD, instructionals, reviews etc) and is a very nice guy and enthusiastic about his work. I have bought a Welsh slate off him and he sorted out my Stiz which I had bought on ebay as 'NOS' but had been obviously buggered about with. I don't think you can go far wrong with him, and he's worth a look on YT or joining his FB page.
 
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