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First Pictures off the Scope

david weaver
Posted separately because these would get lost in the other thread.

This is a razor made by fukataro tanifuji, these are the finest razors that I've ever used, and he was probably the finest razor finisher to ever live. These razors are hard and not brittle, at least the good ones, and take a better edge (when the combination of smoothness and sharpness is considered).

The first four pictures are the four magnifications of the scope I bought. i didn't write down exactly what they are, but the last is 600x. The first is about 100x, I'd guess. It's almost a match for my prior scope.

The width of the bevel shown is probably about a mm.


The last picture is after stropping.

The sharpening was done on a coticule that I have (the finest I've ever seen of that type, they're often not that great) and the stropping done on an old NOS japanese strop made of french shell (that's cordovan for folks who don't look at much leather). Nothing special about the stone and strop other than that they work really well. I found 6 of the strops for $240 and quickly sold 5 of them for a lot more than that. The coticule was just a forlorn looking relatively modern stone (bonded to slate, older coticules were generally bonded to belgian blue architectural stone, or cut at the seam where the two meet in the ground), and wasn't expensive.

the razor wasn't, either. Generally tanifuji's razors are about $100-$150 used, this one someone dinged the end on and it cost me about $40. I reground the tip and cleaned it up. It's not bound to be gillette's favorite thing - this razor could shave someone for five lifetimes.

Not that anyone should care about those details (tanifuji is long dead, anyway, so it's not like you can call him and ask for a new one or tell him that he did a good job, but his razors are around - he was a prolific finisher).

I also took some pictures of mild steel plate that I ran a deburring wheel over. From low to high magnification. These are 2s Fine wheel finished, they look slightly matte to the naked eye, but the deburring wheel doesn't leave any prominent lines. It looks more like the surface of the ocean from 5000 feet.


(I really have no clue what the lateral lines are in the first four razor pictures, and no idea if the surface of the mild steel was dug up before I deburred the oxide off of it, or if the deburring wheel did that).

A good start. This scope was inexpensive as far as scopes go, but I still cursed the price (just under $450), but the camera is cast aluminum, it's got a halogen light to illuminate things and a freestanding solid state light intensity controller. the camera could knock an intruder out if you took it off and threw it at them, and the coarse and fine control for height is quite nice, and the table's lateral movement is smooth.

600x is so sensitive that if I click the touchpad on the computer to take the photo, the focus is lost for a split second.

Even the software is reasonably good with it, far better than the stuff that came with the $11 hand held scope (that thing is a steal for $11, though).

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