We get so many questions about how to put together/change the blade of our safety razors and I’ve been meaning to explain it all for ages but my TODO list never gets shorter ***sigh*** and for some reason I’ve been putting it off. Well no longer. Here it is, short and sweet because in fact, it’s frightfully easy! My insanely talented friend Sarah Campbell did up these illustrations and my insanely talented husband shot a quick video.
HOW TO PUT TOGETHER/CHANGE THE BLADE OF YOUR SAFETY RAZOR
This is so simple, yet for those who’ve never done it, not immediately obvious. Your solid brass razor is comprised of three pieces to which you’ll add a fourth (the blade). I like to set up/change the blade of my razor before I hop into the shower or bath, dry hands make the whole process easier.
Take hold of your razor in one hand, then grip the head of the razor in the other. Be sure to pinch from the top and bottom in order to avoid the blade which protrudes from the sides. Unscrew the handle and gently lay the pieces on whichever surface you’re working on. I tend to lay out a small towel so that the handle doesn’t roll away (painfully obvious I know, but I honestly had it roll off the counter twice before I thought of it).
If you’re changing out the blade this is a great time to give all three pieces a good rinse. If you’ve been using the shave oil, a quick bath in soapy water works really well (I usually use a bit of dish soap which cuts the oil no problem).
Putting it back together is simple. Just position the blade onto the top cover (piece 1). Position the next on top of the blade ensuring the spacer (the elevated square visible on piece 3) touches the blade. If you place this piece backwards you’ll find it impossible to shave as the blade will be flush and won’t ever touch your skin. Finally, screw the handle back into place. Remember to hold the head steady from the top and bottom rather then sides in order to avoid pinching the blade (which will be brand new and sharp!). Screw the handle on firmly, you’ll notice the blade will flex a little, that’s totally normal 🙂
Voila! Your razor is ready for action!