Scales are the handles of a razor, into which the blade folds when not in use. The scales comprise two sides and a spacer. Scales are held together by a pin, which is hammered round over washers. The razor is supported in the scales by the same method, but I always place internal washers between the razor pivot and the scales. I even make my own washers to protect your razor.
Scales provide protection and balance to a shave. They are also visually striking. Below is a Victorian wedge housed in bespoke blonde horn scales. Even black acrylic, when polished up to a high sheen, looks great.
Below is a Mappin razor (made around 1864) which new scales of buffalo horn and a blonde horn spacer (plus the necessary washers).
Below is a razor with red acrylic scales and handmade washers.
I can make bespoke scales for your razor from a variety of materials including horn, bone, acrylic or other synthetic materials.