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Project by lumberjoe posted 12-13-2013 10:07 PM 2745 views 19 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I can’t get in front of my tablesaw or workbench because the wife is busy making her fabulous cutting boards, I am resigned to the lathe. That’s OK with me because I love making these. Custom double edge razors seem to be the hot sellers this year! I cannot keep up with the demand. I get to turn maybe 2 a day since work has been so busy but they sell the same day I post them. These are not at all easy to turn as there are no kits, mandrels or bushings like the Mach3 razors.
In order they are:
Cocobolo (awesome blank)
Cocobolo brush and razor combo
Olivewood cartridge razor
Black and white acrylic
East indian rosewood

All finished with about 20 coats of CA and polished on the lathe with Hut ultra gloss plastic polish (this stuff is like magic).

I just received 10 heads on Wednesday and I need more already. I made myself one of these several months ago and it provides a fantastic shave.

-- Unplugged Woodworkers -

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#1 posted 12-13-2013 10:58 PM

Looking good, Joe. Those are all great pieces.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 12-13-2013 11:30 PM

But are you having fun ?
They sure are pretty.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#3 posted 12-13-2013 11:51 PM

Thanks! Yes, I do have fun turning them. If I’m honest I don’t enjoy the kit stuff as much because there’s no real challenge.

These come out really nice. I experimented quite a bit before putting them out there. the handles are internally weighted and it took a while to find something suitable to use as a tail piece.

-- Unplugged Woodworkers -

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#4 posted 12-14-2013 12:30 AM

I switched to a Merkur after the cost of cartridges just got ridiculous. I’ll never go back.

These are really nice.

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#5 posted 12-14-2013 12:33 AM

Same here. It’s a MUCH better shave too. A lifetime of blades costs about as much as 6 months worth of cartridges.

-- Unplugged Woodworkers -

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#6 posted 12-14-2013 01:16 AM

those are beautiful razors. I really like the classic look

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#7 posted 12-14-2013 02:05 AM

He does an awesome job turning these. I just don’t have the patience for it.


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#8 posted 12-14-2013 02:12 AM

Sweet looking razors.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 12-14-2013 02:30 AM

I also switched to a safety razor like these a year ago and will never go back to a cartridge. Where do you order the heads? I would like to make one for myself. These are beautiful and you took great photos. It looks like some Texas live oak under your razors.
Also just an FYI – the etsy link on your profile page doesn’t work. Remove the https and it will work. :-)

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#10 posted 12-14-2013 02:36 AM

It’s oak from the firewood pile on my bay window. Cloudy days are the best lighting for pictures (natural light with no shadows)

I get the heads from (PC Woodcrafts). I could not be happier with the product or service. I have gone through a few dozen of these so far. He sells tail pieces too, but I personally don’t like the look or feel of them. They make the razor bottom heavy.

You’ll have to guess what I use for tail pieces :)

-- Unplugged Woodworkers -

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#11 posted 12-14-2013 02:49 AM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#12 posted 12-14-2013 03:33 AM

What a specialized market you discovered. Must be some boys out there who like the manual razor and tricked out case over the 5 blade electric wet shave extra close razor. Awesome for you and kudos man.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#13 posted 12-14-2013 04:58 AM

Those are beauty’s all of them and I agree on the cartridge point too expensive and I even made a strop to extend the live of the cartridge .
Have to look into what you are making .

-- Kiefer 松

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#14 posted 12-14-2013 05:38 AM

Kiefer – price was only half the reason I made the switch. Shaving with a double edged razor to me is a lot like woodworking. It’s as much about the process as the end result. With a cartridge or electric, you just slap on some goo drag the razor across your face and you are done. Wet shaving is a lot different. There is a lot more prep involved, better quality shave soaps and after shaves, and you have to pay close attention to what the razor is doing at all times.

-- Unplugged Woodworkers -

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#15 posted 12-14-2013 12:29 PM

20 coats of CA? should hold up well. Nice job man.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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