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Project by Brett posted 02-20-2014 06:12 AM 2479 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I ran across this website that sparked my interest in what is known as “wet shaving”. Since then, I have been wanting to try an old fashioned shave with a safety razor and foam applied with a brush.

I used to look at my grandpa’s safety razor sitting on the cabinet in the bathroom as a kid so I asked my mom if she happened to have that old razor since my grandpa has passed. She didn’t but she did remember that same razor.

I came across a video of a safety razor handle turned on the lathe with links provided as to where these heads can be purchased. I quickly got an order in for a three pack of safety razor heads and waited anxiously for their arrival.

I laminated some maple and black walnut together for the handle blank. I was able to make some time for the shop tonight and this is the result.

It’s finished with 3 coats of CA glue and some wax. The head is epoxied in the hole at the top of the handle.

This particular razor is for my oldest (16 yo) son. I have two heads left. One will be for myself.

I hope the shave is what I expect it to be. Thanks for looking!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#1 posted 02-20-2014 11:58 AM

COOL !! l like the video Brett

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#2 posted 02-20-2014 02:12 PM

Nice start. I’m thinking their going to very attractive. As for me, I’m sticking with my modern day Quatro. My experiences with safety razors weren’t always so safe. Nevertheless, there will be an added sense of satisfaction to every shave when using a razor with a handle you turned yourself.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#3 posted 02-20-2014 02:23 PM

Gr8 projects. I get a little nervous when I see any razors… LOL

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 02-20-2014 04:45 PM

I use one of these as well. I learned about this based on the Art of Manliness article here. I love the shave I get with this razor. Buy/make a good brush to go along with it. Enjoy! Your razor looks great.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#5 posted 02-20-2014 05:55 PM

I make a lot of these.

I can tell you that the one you have will not shave well. For one, the parker head (from golden nib) is VERY aggressive. Proceed with caution if you are new to wet shaving. Also proper prep is key (don’t used canned foam, – proper shaving soap and a brush is required. use a pre-shave oil/lotion, use an alum block and a high quality post shave balm after)

That handle is too light and the razor will be extremely top heavy – which is a bad thing. If anything you want bottom heavy. If you notice mine have a tail piece. The handle is also internally weighted.


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#6 posted 02-20-2014 07:17 PM

Check out or for a ton of useful information regarding wet shaving.

-- Ken, Mississippi

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#7 posted 02-20-2014 08:46 PM

Thanks to everyone for the compliments and the tips!

Roger-I can see why you might get nervous around razors! ha ha
MrFid-That is the same article that sparked my interest too!
lumberjoe-Thanks for the insight! PM will be waiting for you.
ksteen-Thank you too for the sites on shaving. I have browsed b&b but not shavemyface. I will check it out!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#8 posted 02-20-2014 09:10 PM

I’ve used safety razors for years, and the part about getting a good shaving cream or soap is pretty critical. These things will cut off large tracts of face quicker than you can imagine. The cream I use is by Proraso, and is very oily, which really helps prevent cuts. I haven’t used many of the hard soaps, but I’ve heard good things about some of those as well. Also, go get some good blades for it. At least around me, the ones from the drug store are both very expensive and not very good. Take a look at some of the shaving sites and find some with good reviews.

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#9 posted 02-21-2014 02:44 AM

Very nice Brett. I don’t know anything about that head, but I bought a very cheap, maybe $10-15 double edge razor from amazon to try it out and it’s been great. Way way better shave than cartridge razors and I like the idea of not buying and throwing away expensive cartridges. I did read up on all the techniques and ways to prepare your skin and got a good but cheap badger brush. A lot of the trick is in getting the right angle for the razor from your face.

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