I’m not the only one who loves stabilized wood. Stabilization with colored resin exposes nicely the most natural effect of the wood structure and reveals the natural beauty of this material. Myself, I’m not keen of the artificial colorful effects (those that you cannot meet in nature like half pink half sky blue or similar), but there are still plenty of possibilities to underline natural qualities of this great material.

The other problem is that what we all appraciate so much is technologically a junk, considered as waste in manufacturing process. Simply saying, it is not a material that can stand any defined stability or bending streight standards. Unfortunately, razor scales work during use, the proper bending of the scales is necessary to position the blade properly.

I challenged this and the material challenged myself. As you can see below, down below the end results, the first scales broke.

Nevertheless here you can see the second attempt tha is successful

As said, I was almost at the end of making process, being happy with the effect of very thin and subtle scales while one of them broke with a little pressing. So the second attempt was different, I added the 1mm G10 background to the scales. What could be done better – now I still see the space for making the scales thinner, both the G10 and the wood. Maybe, in some time….

Another discover of this exercises it the simple tool for grinding and polishing. I used sand paper on bottle cork and pieces of polishing stones but was not really satisfied. I was looking for good balance between the stiffness and flexibility. I found a simple piece of technical cork with plastic tapes perfect for this purpose. You can see it on the below picture.

Here is how the starting razor looked like. It is very nice, well smiling, Swedish Eskilsutna from Joh Engstrom.