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Honour thy Father

Hello all,

I have been wet shaving for just over a year now and am particular to the vintage Gillette DEs. My Father passed away last year after a very short battle with Brain Cancer and I never had a chance to ask him what he used to shave with, which I regret. My Dad used Gillette Cartridges as long as I can remember, I got them last time I was visiting my Mom. There was a sensor excel and an older one I remember seeing him use when I was very young, neither one had a working mechanism. I like the idea of passing razors down and bought a new EJ 89 the day I found out I was having a son.

I decided to modify my Dad’s cartridge razors to make handles for a DE. I bought a 60’s Gillette travel razor off EBay, turned down the knurl for a size for size press and cut the head off my Dad’s older cartridge razor.

It now has a good weight and decent balance. The handle feels good in my hand and it’s the closest I’ll get to using my Dads razor. It was a simple process, mind you I am a Machinist and have a full shop at my disposal.

I’m going to look at the sensor excel next.

Has anyone else modified a cartridge into a DE? 4B573978-02CE-4020-8F8A-54445C1A3547.jpeg D0CB3204-05C6-41B6-8ABD-11177353DFE7.jpeg CDF563FA-EF31-44F8-A2B3-25AB96CA2A4B.jpeg B6646180-52DA-4D0B-BA67-58DF20D00C71.jpeg ADA51555-E50A-42E7-81EB-CE43231191FD.jpeg 4B573978-02CE-4020-8F8A-54445C1A3547.jpeg D0CB3204-05C6-41B6-8ABD-11177353DFE7.jpeg CDF563FA-EF31-44F8-A2B3-25AB96CA2A4B.jpeg B6646180-52DA-4D0B-BA67-58DF20D00C71.jpeg ADA51555-E50A-42E7-81EB-CE43231191FD.jpeg
 
Thanks for sharing your story. I never imagined it would be possible to take a cart razor and make a DE handle out of it. Very cool and I'm sure your dad would be proud.
Yes indeed. Looks like you did a very nice job and that is a fantastic way to honor your dad.
 
Thank you, I appreciate it. With today’s modern adhesives you can make a handle out of pretty much anything. Thread form is a 10-32 or m5 will work too. Endless possibilities. A coworker of mine saw mine and is going to make a DE handle out of wood from his great grandfathers file handle. What a great idea! I’m mechanically inclined and would be happy to offer advice on such a project
 
You can also do an tribute razor. I have (discovered after buying) an 1925 Gillette Big Fellow. That's the birthday year from my grandfather who got me in to wershaving.

In what year was your father born?



That’s a very nice razor, box and all!

My Father was born in 1954, I have a ‘54 super speed in ok condition. Nothing special to me except the year it was made. Thanks for sharing the pic of your 1925 big fellow

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Hello all,

I have been wet shaving for just over a year now and am particular to the vintage Gillette DEs. My Father passed away last year after a very short battle with Brain Cancer and I never had a chance to ask him what he used to shave with, which I regret. My Dad used Gillette Cartridges as long as I can remember, I got them last time I was visiting my Mom. There was a sensor excel and an older one I remember seeing him use when I was very young, neither one had a working mechanism. I like the idea of passing razors down and bought a new EJ 89 the day I found out I was having a son.

I decided to modify my Dad’s cartridge razors to make handles for a DE. I bought a 60’s Gillette travel razor off EBay, turned down the knurl for a size for size press and cut the head off my Dad’s older cartridge razor.

It now has a good weight and decent balance. The handle feels good in my hand and it’s the closest I’ll get to using my Dads razor. It was a simple process, mind you I am a Machinist and have a full shop at my disposal.

I’m going to look at the sensor excel next.

Has anyone else modified a cartridge into a DE? View attachment 1114806 View attachment 1114807 View attachment 1114808 View attachment 1114809 View attachment 1114810 View attachment 1114806 View attachment 1114807 View attachment 1114808 View attachment 1114809 View attachment 1114810
Awesome, just awesome - what a great way to remember your father!
Especially since it's father's day on Sunday.
Congratulations on the birth of your son!

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Thank you. I’m going to have a nice shave Sunday morning with it. It’s also my birthday as well as Father’s Day. Big day for this guy lol.
 
I love the sentiment in turning the cart handle to take a DE head. My dad (who's still around, but up there in age) has used a Norelco as long as I can remember. I have no interest in a Noreclo (I've used them in the past), but he has always worn Brut 33 aftershave as long as I can remember. I have a bottle and every time I use it, I think of him.
 
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