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Razor baseplate, clarified

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A three-piece safety razor comprises a handle, a baseplate, and a cap. The orientation of two is obvious: the cap has a threaded stud and the handle as a tapped receptacle for the stud: the handle and cap are screwed together, with the baseplate (holding a double-edged razor blade) squeezed between.

So the baseplate is the only piece with a possibly ambiguous orientation, and a few beginners find that they’ve attempted their first shave with the baseplate upside down (which doesn’t work). In the next edition, I’m going to include this photo and explanation:

The two baseplates are both from Edwin Jagger/Mühle razors of recent manufacture: this is the new head. The baseplate at the bottom is upside down: the blade goes on the other side; the baseplate at the top is rightside up: you just put the blade atop the side with the scalloped edges and the cap goes on top of that.

Written by LeisureGuy

16 March 2012 at 7:52 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Oh, excellent idea to include this information, especially since wicked_edge has seen its share of “my shave is horrible, what’s going wrong?” posts recently that were easily solved by flipping the baseplate.


    24 March 2012 at 7:47 am

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