Step 5: Forming the Razor Holder

Ok, here we will form the razor holder. Depending on the razor you are using, please make sure that the holder will fit your razor. For the most part, if you make the holder about a 1" triangle, you should be fine with anything. Mine hold a Schick Injector E Series which has a bit of a fat handle.

Determine what height you want your stand to be. It should be high enough that your razor and brush can hang without touching the counter/table/whatever it is standing on. Don't make it too tall, otherwise it could get too tippy for the base. Once you have determined the height, follow these steps.

First: Hold the upright so the bend you put into it is at the desire height. The bend will need to make the wire 90 degrees to the upright, and the wire will be parallel with the counter. I put the bend going back over the upright to increase stability.

Second: Hold the wire at the desired length, which will be about the edge of the base looking down on it (once again I used my pliers as an eyeball measurement). Put a 90 degree bend in the wire. You don't want it to be too far over, as the weight of the razor could tip the stand.

Third: Hold the wire at the last bend, and bend the wire back toward itseld, forming a triangle. The wire will pass over itself, this is ok.

Fourth: Decide how deep you want the triangle to be, and then hold the wire (still the "loose" end" near the sideways bar where it crosses itself. Put a bend in it to line it up with the top bar. I wanted to make sure that I had plenty of room, so I put a pretty big triangle shape into it. Yours may be smaller.
Looks great in chrome! Thanks a million!
so easy, thanks. I've just started with a shavette so didn't want to splash out on a fancy holder. my cheap brush doesn't have a groove around the top so I used the springiness in the metal to hold the brush, it slips in and out nicely and is held securely. Mk1 complete in about 15 minutes :) thanks again.
<p>Shaving brush stand made from a PC microphone and plastic covered wall hook.</p>
Pretty cool. Quick and cheap fix<br>
<p>Nice instructable! I actually made something similar to this with a wire hanger, but I hooked it onto the rim of the mini mason jar that my husband uses for his shave soap. My haphazard design isn't a nice as this instructable's, and I may try again to make a nicer one, but I like that the damp brush can drip into the soap jar and not all over the counter. Just a thought since the little jar also helps stabilize the stand so it isn't as easy to tip.</p>
<p>Had some copper wire laying around (who doesn't!) and gave it a go</p>
I tightened up the razor loop into more like a rectangle to store my straight razor. The design is perfectly simplistic and looks great. I like it more than a professional one because I know what went into constructed it, a feeling of accomplishment. Thanks TricksyHobbit!
I did basically this I think.<br><br>I also made my brush holder adjustable (as the two brushes I have are shaped nothing alike!)<br><br>I like that it can hold EVERYTHING I use (different razors, different brushes) and it cost me...nothing really. I had everything on hand.<br><br>I was self sufficient for real after checking out these pics.<br><br>I also made the bottom a bit different (like a semi circle) and I made the middle post in 3 bends not 2. I made clearance for a soap mug under the brush!
<p>Hyzerflip,</p><p> I'm new to wet-shaving and I'm interested in a picture of your brush/razor holder. Can you pm me or post a picture of you handiwork?</p><p> Thanks!</p><p> Omegadog12</p>
I used this instructable to make my stand, thanks! I made one change, I didn't like having to grab the head of the razor (double edge safety type), I undoubtedly would have ended up slicing my fingers. So I modified it a bit, made the razor side into a U shape, so I can slice it in and out by the handle. Still haven't painted it yet though so no pics, waiting for a day that's warm enough and not too humid.
edit: so I can SLIDE it in and out by the handel
I did the difference between the original and yours I guess. I made my brush stand an adjustable version (just more metal wrapping around the brush) as well.<br><br>I don't have my DE yet (just ordered a 40's style SS) but I forsaw the same problem.<br><br>The only paint I could find was a can of Plasti-Dip I never ended up using...I've got 3 coats on right now...Might give it one or two more...Looks good for something I've made.
I just began shaving again with a safety razor and shaving brush, after over 40 years. Taken me about a week to remember all the old tricks, but have really learned to enjoy it. I was going to have a friend with woodworking abilities make me a nice wooden stand, until I happened upon this great website. Took me about a 1/2 hour, plus twice that long to tweak it but it came out great. Really a nice simple project with great satisfaction. Now to finish it off with a nice paint job....
neat looking project. loved it
Awesome project, Hobbit-dude. I built my stand a couple of days ago, and it works great. Shaving stands are horrendously expensive (especially considering that they're only slightly specialized toothbrush holders), so it's nice to be able to put off that expense for awhile. In the meantime this stand is pretty much free, and it has a nice, rustic, masculine look about it. Thanks for sharing your ingenuity.
Good idea! I've been looking for one of these and they cost $20 at a minimum, for a basic stainless steel model! Mine may not be that nice looking, but it does the job.
So, why would you need a brush? I mean, who uses a brush and why? I either use a razor and shaving gel, or one of those Norelco Speed XL shavers.
In my limited experience in wetshaving i have noticed that using a brush, aside from being necessary to get the hard soap into a lather, is that it is a lot of fun and feels really nice. yeah, the soaps also work better and smell a lot nicer , and are usually a lot more inexpensive than canned gels, but i like the old school vibe of having a collection of tools to shave with rather than a can of shaving cream and a mach 3...
A brush ex-foliates the dry skin and brings the hairs on your face up allowing for a better, closer shave, so I have read, as for gels, and creams, they contain propellants, and alcohol that can dry your skin out, putting anything on your face with your hands can push the hairs, down. I have recently started using a brush and a cut-throat (straight razor), and that is the closest shave I have ever gotten, and let my tell you a warm shave in morning does wonders for waking you up, of course having a very sharp unguarded blade heading towards your neck doesn't hurt either....
Shaving gel doesn't need a brush because it's already in a mixed liquid state. Shaving soaps, however, come in a solid form (like a hand soap), and need to be mixed with water to produce a rich, full lather. I won't argue the relative virtues of soap vs caned gels, other then to say that I prefer the soaps. The brush is also useful in applying the lather (from either gel or soap) to your face.
Or you are like me and allergic to the propellant used in canned shaving cream and gel. I unfortunately recently realized this when I was without shaving cream for a little while and had to use soap instead... Bad razor burn, but I did not break out.
You don't "need" a brush, unless you're going to shave with shaving soap or cream that requires it. This would be an accessory for traditional wetshaving.
great, i've been thinking about making a stand for my newly acquired Wetshaving kit (i have the same brush!), and this should do fine untill i get the materials/idea/skills to make another. great pictures, great project.
Thanks !! I just finished mine....And I hope t will be useful :) I love your lo-fi project.
BTW www.badgerandblade.com has all of the information you ever need about wet shaving. To start go with a Weishi and Feathers
Been looking for a unique holder. I made it in 8 minutes. Cool!
Where did you get your razor and brush from? I would love to try wetshaving, but I don't know any sites to get the stuff from. Plus I don't want to spend too much on it. Oh, and nice iBle.
You can get a brush at Walmart for under $5.00. The old-fashioned razor is another story!
There are several website available for brushes, and razors, ebay is good for a cheaply priced straight razor and brush, there are also other sites like www.theartofshaving.com www.classicshaving.com/Home.html www.amazon.com
you can get a cheap brush at any drug store, even mug shaving foam, its easy to find, but not very nice to shave with, it dries fast and the brush loses to much hair
I got a nice one. Just came in yesterday actually. But I looked at every drug store around here, and none of them had one.
odd, i see them in every one, even our little crappy ones carry shaving brushes, maybe it cause i'm from a small town?
A good place to start is classicshaving.com. They will have everything you need. For some good insight into wet shaving, search You Tube for wet shaving. Great vids explaining all.
I joined Badger and Blade, and asked about it there. They pointed me to the Crabtree and Evelyn Best Badger Brush (just shipped today, and I can't wait for it to get here). I am holding off on the razor for a little while since my fusion's blade is still good. The blades cost too much for me to just quit using it like that. I don't want to spoil myself before getting the full life out of it. I have been to that website before though, and they definitely did have everything I would need. Plus some.
Oh, and I watched a few of those vids on there. They were very informative. I'm going to have to watch them again though so I can figure out how to get a good lather with the brush.
The brush I bought from drugstore.com, it's a Tweezerman ($15). The razor, however, is not available new anymore. It's a Schick E Series injector, from 1939. I got it on Ebay.
It continues to surprise me how ignorant people can be about shaving. Do people really buy into the cartridge razor thing so easily. I shave with a cut throat - a way better shave cheaper and less wasteful. Maybe I should do an instructable on it
Why not? I know that Mantic has great videos on youtube on traditional wetshaving. Why not a "how to shave with a cut throat (without cutting your throat)" instructable.
hopefully this doesn't sound too snide but those "retro" safety razors aren't good for much more than cutting up your face while trying to get a decent shave. I will admit wet shaving is nice but its not really convenient to spend an extra 5 minutes getting everything out and then cleaned up afterwards. regardless, well made and well photographed instructable.
You could not be more wrong - I use a 50's Gillette safety razor and it's the best shave I've ever had, hands down. I can get 100 blades for 16$ - thus making the cheapest shave ever as well.
I wouldn't say that it sounds snide, but it's certainly uninformed. Safety razors, the good ones, can be better for shaving than the multi-blades that are being touted.
but he used a cutthroat razor
sweeny todd...lol
i just put 4 nails into my bathroom shelf, and covered them with heat shrink...
Sure, that would work. But this is for making a free-standing stand, for those who want one. I appreciate the "keep is simple" approach, but this is a little more than that.
Lee Valley has just the gizmo for playing with wire, for less cost than a pair fo pliers! I got one of these $6.95 wire benders for Christmas, but have not had the time to do more than a couple practice bends.<br/><br/>You can find it here: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=1&amp;p=32012&amp;cat=1,43456,43407">http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=1&amp;p=32012&amp;cat=1,43456,43407</a><br/><br/>
Cool Project! I was lamenting the cold and rain and was uninspired. But was missing being able to do something. I modified your design for myself, since I don't use a brush for shaving. I made a closer loop to support a tooth bush instead! Thanks for the inspiration. (Inspriration:def. Touched by God) Cheers!
Thanks! This design can definitely be adopted to any number of purposes, depending on your morning ritual. I'll probably make another one in the future for holding multiple razors too.
what company is your brush from? i have a Super Badger. its so soft. i get an amazing shave when i use my brush and cream.
Mine is a Tweezerman pure badger. It's not as soft as the higher ends, but it only cost me $15. I just got started in traditional wetshaving, so didn't want to toss a huge amount of money out there.

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