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Manly Mustache Groomer

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When one first considers growing a mustache it is difficult to know where that might lead. For me this was the beginning of a path to straight razor shaving. At the end of Movember it is tearfully necessary to bid one's cookie duster adieu.. and what better tribute than to do so with your own elk antler straight razor.
 
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Step 1: Collecting your parts

1. Old Straight Razor. Though I plan eventually to take a whack at making my own blades, I do not presume that this is an easy matter. For the time being I buy them at auctions on ebay and typically find them in lots of 6 razors. There are many manufacturers whose blades are quite valuable. I tend to stay away from them as they are cost prohibitive, and as well these specimens are usually of greater significance to simply be restored. Check the value of the old razor your grandfather has laying about before you go cracking the scales of a family heirloom.

2.Elk Antler. This one was a shed-horn (i.e. no elk were harmed in the making of this instructable) but collecting them from taxidermists, websites, dog chews, or hunting are also other ways to find them. I choose elk antler because they have a very large diameter, and therefor the end project will show a great deal of antler exterior. It is possible to do this with Whitetail Deer antlers, but only the largest will provide you with a sufficient surface area for the desired effect, and cutting these antlers seems foolhardy to me. One could use a Mule Deer with a thick main beam, or other less common undulate but Elk are in plentiful supply, and their antlers can be found readily. You will need a section that is at least 7" long.

3. Miscellaneous Brass Rod and Tube. These will be used to pin the scales together, and as well will serve as the bushing on which the blade will rotate. I do not specify a size, as each blade is different, and finding the appropriate fit is a bit of an art (read: kicking and cussing).
Autumnalfell7 months ago
i don't suppose you have tried a bit of vapo rub under your nose to prevent the smell, iv'e never worked with antler so i dunno if it will work but it's wortgh a try hey?
sammmy57 months ago
awesome!
sabre11367 months ago
You did an excellent job on this instructable! You covered rebuilding razors up and down, good job.
Shanderson7 months ago
The Eviscerator is one of the finest, if not the finest, tactical folder on the market today. We're talking 440 stainless, quick release and... I don't believe this. Is this a stag horn handle at this price?
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Now, you folks at home, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, that can't be stag horn. It's got to be the cheaper manticore horn. But, I've got the specs right here and I'll tell you what, this is the real deal.

I really want to make one of these now.
f5mando7 months ago
Excellent instructable! Thanks for this. Good photos, too. They make all the difference.
mothman927 months ago
Love the guide, a simple way to refresh an old razor.
Regarding clamping the scales when drilling I find that "hand screws" are brilliant at this.  They can hold all sorts of strange shapes for drilling, gluing etc. I own several and use them on almost every project now.
krude (author)  mothman927 months ago
Thanks for the heads up... I was worried to seize down on them with "C" Clamps as I didn't want to mar the surface. Those should work nicely.
Great job putting it all together!
lulumeng7 months ago
it is good
lulumeng7 months ago
it is good