The NTS-Solingen straight razor scales are appropriate for most 11/16″ and smaller straight razors. These scales are made of walnut that’s aged to allow water resistance. They’re not as inert as micarta, but still earn the German reference “noble wood” (as in the noble gases). NTS offers several different timbers, and shaping, polishing, and assembly are all done by hand in Germany.
These scales are ~138mm from end to end, ~12.5mm across at the approximate zone one would use for drilling the pivot hole, ~18mm wide at the widest spot towards the non-pivot end, and weigh approximately 9.2 grams.
Made to Fit the 5/8 Modern Standard Razor Dimensions
Current production size 5/8 or 4/8 German razors will fit. To be sure of your particular razor as there are so many thousands of brands, measure the distance from your razor’s pivot pin hole to the furthest point away on the cutting edge. Your razor should have a measurement <113mm at this spot.
Wedge Pre-Installed & Built for Modern 5/8 Thickness
Furthermore, these NTS walnut replacement scales for straight razors are built with a wedge at the non-pivot pin already installed. The wedge angle is based on the presumption of the pivot pin zone of the razor needing the space of a current German 5/8, which is ~3.5mm. A range of razors can fit depending upon their tangs and your skills. If your tang is >3.5mm at metal adjacent to the pivot pin hole it may be a tight fit or a creaky install. Conversely, if the tang’s <3.4mm you may have a challenge getting the scales extra tight or need thicker washers.
Breadth of Scale Built for 5/8, Not 6/8
The maximum width across these scales near the non-pivot pin area is ~18mm. A full 6/8″ razor will NOT generally work because the length of the razor at the heel from edge to spine would possibly “peek out” below these scales, but SOME 6/8″ razors WILL work.
Includes All Required Hardware!
You’ll get one ‘pin and rosette’ with your replacement straight razor scales. NTS scales are designed for use without washers, and the scale REQUIRES DRILLING by you.