Sunday, March 30, 2008

Making Wedges

This may help those of you who want to make your own wedges for the butt of your straight razors. It is not difficult, especially after you see how it is done. Many materials can be used, including the same stuff you used to make your own set of scales.

It is important to remember that the wedge is just that... a wedge. It has to have a slight taper. Otherwise it becomes just a spacer. Spacers do not belong at the back of a razor. Make sure you taper whatever material you use. Colored plastics work great. One of my favorites is the use of buffalo horn.

I often get the statement that it is too difficult to match the angle of the dangle to ensure that the inside surface that is perpendicular to the side of the scales is, indeed perpendicular. Towards the end of the video, you will see how easily this is accomplished.