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Universal Razor Holder by ou8nrtist2 Universal Razor Holder by ou8nrtist2
Gillette has really been pissing me off lately.
They change their razor design about every 18 months and stop manufacturing their last model so one is forced to upgrade...
And when you go to buy new razors you find they're always about 5 bucks more expensive than last years models and don't even work as well.Planned obsolescence is such a wasteful and egregious symptom of capitalism.

Sorry for the rant.I was trained (by my old man) that when you're unhappy with some poorly designed piece-of-crap hardware,that you try not to waste time whining,but go into the studio and MAKE YOUR OWN...
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Djoseph Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Good idea. How does it work exactly?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional
It clips onto the blade.It is a mistake to call it a "universal"razor holder.I designed it to hold some obsolete blades that I still had that were unused...
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Djoseph Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Still a pretty neat thing.
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1sand0s Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'll jump on the bandwagon with agreeing with your rant. Instead of the safety razors most are suggesting, I've been wanting to invest in a straight bladed razor for a little while now. Ever since I bought my Spyderco Tri-angle Sharpmaker I figured that and a decent strop would easily keep a keen edge on even a shaving blade. Lately I've found you go get what you pay for and spending a little more now will save you down the road. There is a documentary on Netflix I watched called Objectified. It's about how things are designed and one of designers (cannot remember their name) interviewed said it best; "I want designs that wear in, not wear out." He was referring a leather briefcase he had owned for 20+ years. I honestly think we have become a "disposable" society, razors being a prime example along with consumer printer ink cartridges which will get me started on a rant. We'll have to deal with this issue at some point in time down the road, and it may not be too far.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional
Boy the toner thing is out-of-hand to be sure.I use only Canon products and they don't have the same deals as all the other major brands so you can't get them refilled...
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ZaeavYeelell Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Here here!
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Feybles Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Bl**dy good idea. Nicely done!

No need to apologise for the rant, we totally get where you're coming from! :)
(This example is the main reason my man uses the old fashioned safety razor style - those blades don't really change, and he's always got the holder!)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional
I think that's a good alternative...
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Feybles Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thanks. It seems to work well for him. :)
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kuzy62 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it!!!!
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LaughingTree Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
Looks like 4ofwands beat me to it... But here's what I switched to loooooooooooooong ago: [link]

I don't shave terribly often, so I only end up using 4 or so blades a year. Very cheap. Although my wife got me an electric razor for my birthday this past year, and the safety razor has taken the back seat. It is very uncomfortable for me to shave with any razor I've ever tried, but the electric is without a doubt the least uncomfortable!

Plus it feels pretty cool to use my synthetic brush to foam up my own cream and brush it on to my face. I like the old-timey-ness of it all. Makes me feel more grown up. Oh, and it'll be the closest shave you've ever had...
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional
Glad to know they still make safety razors(and holders)...
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4ofwands Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
some things never change, though... Here's what I use:[link]

Costs about 20 buck a year for blades. The good ones. Feather...

Now, custom handles for these razors have a limitless market.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional
Sounds good to me...
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4ofwands Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Elegant solution to an ugly problem, you have there...

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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional
Thank you Thomas,
Still tweaking it but it's working well so far...angle is critical apparently.
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metalmorphoses Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
super!!!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional
Thank you Nikos !
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LocationCreator Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Love it! Your rant is well heard! The razor looks comfortable and balanced.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional
It certainly works as well as any commercially manufactured holder,and looks a whole lot better IMHO.
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LocationCreator Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I quite agree. It looks a whole lot better than commercial ones.
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vonzott Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Rant on! Nice work!
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LockandKeyCurios Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That is a beautiful razor, and a wonderful motto to live by. A simple design reminiscent of safety razors (which, next to a straight razor, is my favorite way to shave)

I was gifted a rather nice 4 blade razor (Remington) I liked and, of course, I can't find the cartridges for the blasted thing anywhere. Think I'll just bum around on disposables until I can afford a proper safety razor and a nice badger brush again :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional
At least that stuff is still available,(the double edged razors I mean).My old man used the same holder for double edged razors for 50 years.Kind of surprising he never got around to customizing his own,since nearly everything else in the house when I grew up, (that a hand touches)was handmade by either he or my mother.
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LockandKeyCurios Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I much prefer hand-made things myself. The energy invested results in something much more familiar and intimate that you definitely do not find in manufactured goods, no matter how well crafted they may be.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional
cool
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Dans-Magic Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
That's fantastic. Great Idea and execution. Looks comfortable to use and is really cool looking.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional
Thanks Dan!
Hey, are you doing lost wax casting with a centrifuge for your sterling jewelry pieces?
Your stuff looks cool.
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Dans-Magic Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
Yeah I use a Lucas Giant Casting Machine. Have had the same one for over 20 years now :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional
Gas or electric?
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Msmeakochan Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great solution. YEah its true with alot of things, things dont last or are as durable as they used to be, and there are always things that are tweaked that didnt need to be. Probably more worried about making money.. i guess. But again amazing design I agree with him! make something if you are sick of stuff instead of waiting for them to come out with something. :D
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional
Thanks Jessica!
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Samarai Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
I don't honestly know which razor I use, but I do know that I stopped at 3 blades, which I can still thankfully get. I guess, when they totally stop offering them, I will go to a wet/dry electric razor, because the 5 [+] blades burn the hell out of my skin.

On the other hand, this is pretty frickin' sweet.
Maybe you should consider mass producing them...
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional
Wiki says they're in court right now (Gillette)for price fixing and outright lies in their advertising...They.ve held a monopoly for so long they've become complacent and feel immune because they've reached 43 million in value.

Advertising in capitalism is based on persuading people they need something they don't really need or want.Who the hell needs a frikkin razor with 3 blades? ridiculous!
This piece is but a prototype after just a couple of hours work in the studio.Just think what could be produced after a couple of weeks of well funded design work.A beautiful simple well made handle that could truly hold any razor they make would be a one time purchase good for a lifetime...
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Samarai Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
I'll take one. :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional
This is the prototype so it needs a bit more tweaking,but I'd love to eventually produce an"artist's series"of limited edition designs.
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Heather713 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I love your attitude! It looks beautiful and functional.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional
I used it last night and it functioned quite well.I'm at least eased of my angst...LOL
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Heather713 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:D Good, I'll be watching for your artist series razors!
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