Black Beauty help

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by Birdie, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. Birdie

    Birdie Active Member

    I picked up a black beauty a few months ago, and while being lost in the excitement I didn't give it a good once over. After getting home with the other razors I had bought as well and began the cleaning process, I found that it would not twist to open up. This thing is stuck good. I have tried a hot bath is dish soap, even soaking in scrubbing bubbles over night. Before I seen it off for a tune up I would like to know that it is worth it. As anyone else had a problem like this they were able to resolve?
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  2. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

    I've only had one adjustable Gillette with a stuck adjuster. You might try hot water and blue Dawn dish liquid soaks alternating with drops of mineral oil from the top or bottom of the handle. I hear sonic cleaners get the nasty to break loose.
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  3. Birdie

    Birdie Active Member

    ill give it a try
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  4. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    bring your water to a boil, add Palmolive or Dawn, a good amount, and soak until it cools. Heat liquid to boiling, I prefer microwaves. Repeat several times, working the mechanisms a little at a time, until it fully loosens up.
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  5. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    Just remember to take the razor out of the solution before putting said solution in the microwave!
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  6. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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  7. Linuxguile

    Linuxguile dating an unusual aristocrat

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    You can take the little cap off the bottom of the TTO knob to help the water get down in the handle easier too
  8. Dansco

    Dansco Well-Known Member

    Believe it or not, metal objects should not harm your microwave if placed into water or a water based solution.

    No sparks. No madness. Try it with a spoon next time you're making cocoa ;)
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  9. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    I'll take your word for it, but I'll pass, thank you.
    I'm not one to tempt fate.*
    Just as easy to take the spoon out.

    *Then again, I do drive on New Jersey roadways.
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  10. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

    About a minute in it shows how to remove the bottom cap.

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  11. Dansco

    Dansco Well-Known Member

    Haha I absolutely agree. I was in amazement when someone showed me though.

    A friend with a degree in physics showed me. Unfortunately my understanding is nowhere near deep enough to explain it.
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  12. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

    It's my understanding that microwaves cannot pass through water.
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  13. Dansco

    Dansco Well-Known Member

    Well that would certainly do it!!
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  14. blashe

    blashe Well-Known Member

    along with the hot water and soap add little bit of white vinegar, acid tends to break down soap residue
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  15. Ijustmissedthe50s

    Ijustmissedthe50s The Warnee

    All great, experienced suggestions! Please let us know how things end up and if anything worked.
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  16. Birdie

    Birdie Active Member

    this will give me something to do this weekend. I will keep you posted.

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