Like many others, I have ditched my cartridge razors and went back a few decades. If I have the option to make or buy something, I always chose to make it.  These are enjoyable to create and I have made several. There are razor heads available, but no information on how to create or attach them to a wooden handle. Here is what works for me and how I made this lovely Koa handled double edged razor below.

Tools I used to create this:

Table saw
Drill press
Bench grinder
Spindle gouges
1/2" parting tool
Round nose scraper

Step 1: Source the materials

With some diligent internet searches, I was able to find a double edge safety razor head at an online retailer called thegoldennib.com. The head is made by Parker and is a fairly decent one. I also sourced a 6 inch long and 1 inch thick piece of Koa wood from Hawaii  
Nailed it on the first try! That is, until the last turn of the head when I split the wood. I guess that's what I get for thinking I could eyeball the hole with a handheld drill. I was wondering though - do you have any issue with the handle getting slippery when it's wet? I'm going to borrow my neighbor's drill press this weekend and give it another go. Thanks for the awesome instructable!
Fantastic instructable. I have always loved woodworking and this is an excellent how to. I hope one day to get into making items like this as it seems like a lot of fun.
Nice work and nice write-up! <br>Have you ever &quot;wet-sanded&quot; the CA? I found that it works much better than dry... <br>
Yup, I have. I was careful on this one because unlike pens or &quot;kit&quot; turnings on a mandrel with bushings, the ends are raw wood and I didn't want to soak them.
Nice instructable--good solid safety info, too. <br> <br>I'm more a metal guy than a wood guy, but now you've got me inspired to cast my own handle out of brass (or scrap silver if I'm feeling punchy). I just need to figure out the tapping bit, since I generally work in jewelry. <br> <br>Oh, one quick suggestion, if it's relevant: After you mark your centerpoint on the non-drilled end, could you just knock the corners down with a hand planer to start the rounding process, and get to higher initial speeds on your lathe?
The bandsaw works great for this using a small jig with a V shaped groove. Since the diameter is so small on these, it's not a big deal to get it round on the lathe. On a small piece like this it only takes 3 or 4 sweeps with a gouge to knock down the edges. <br> <br>On larger items, that is definitely recommended. Tapping should be a lot easier in metal. 1/4-20 is a very common size,
Yeah, the nice thing about cast metal is that I can just drill the hole in wax, and jewelry metals are nice and soft for tapping. I'd love to get a metal lathe at some point, but it's not on the horizon at the moment.
How much you selling them for? Yeah I could use one, I have black hair so my facial hair comes in fast so I shave daily.
My profile has a link to my shop. I am out of stock on the heads now but should be getting more soon.
Wow, I never thought of using cyanoacrylic as a finish before. I've used nitrocellulose, and love it, but it doesn't seem to like water too much after time.
It only works well on a lathe and on smaller items. I make badger brushes as well and finish them with CA. With enough coats, it's 100% waterproof. Just be careful because it is a very hard finish (like nitro) and can crack if you hit it just right.
Very nice instructible, mate. Love woodworking, and need a lathe soon. :)
Lathes are fun. The learning curve is not very steep. Just beware that the supporting equipment like chisels, chucks, sharpening equipment, and centers can easily exceed the cost of the lathe itself.
Dang that's pretty, after 12k grit! :)
Since you've got extra material, why not drill the hole a bit deeper, and run it with a drive center? Seems like you'd have to worry less about splitting with the dead center, and the I Italy rounding would be easier.
I did for the first few. It's really hard to keep the top square and the hole perfectly centered with a drive spur. The dead center doesn't split the wood, when you try to drive the receiver in an off center hole is when splitting happens. Plus CA finishing is almost impossible with parts at both ends
well done sir, well done!
Looks great. I use a Fatboy that was me grandpas but been thinking of making one. Next on my list right now is an acrylic badger brush. I just gotta get a lathe first lol.
That's awesome. I've seen razors out there like that cost $50 and up. great instructable.
Beautiful work. You should be selling these. I drop $40 a month on blades, it's a joke.
I do sell them. I am out of stock now and need to order more heads. Not only are cartridges so expensive, a double edge razor gives you a much better shave with less irritation. I thoroughly enjoy shaving now

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