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.



Anonymous richmondesi said...

Thanks, Bill. You've put up great information as always. I appreciate your willingness to share!

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's really some great info here. Thank you. I still am not sure I picture the orientation of the wedge correctly. Does the thicker end face the interior of the scales and meet the blade when closed?

5:49 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Mr. Anonymous...

Let's think this through a bit using common sense as a companion, OK? Do you think it's even possible to pin a set of scales to a wedge with the fat end at the very back of the razor. Don't you think the scales would want to cross one another at the narrow end of the wedge in that case? Or deflect back out at the same angle? That's not possible... right?

11:33 PM  

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