Homes For My Merkurs

Discussion in 'General Shaving Talk' started by Gillette_Man, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. Gillette_Man

    Gillette_Man New Member

    I didn't put this in the DIY section because it wasn't something I built myself, just an enhancement to an existing item. Nonetheless, I thought it was worth sharing.

    I really like my Merkur razors, but I think it's a shame that they don't come in nice cases like the vintage Gillettes. So, I bought some of the nickel-plated Muehle-Pinsel razor cases, and although they look great on the outside, their insides leave a lot to be desired. What I did was really quite simple, but it really transformed the cases into an elegant storage box for my Merkur HDs. First, I painted the removable wood insert jet black (original color is an ugly shade of dark gray), and then I lined the top and bottom in black velvet that was inexpensively acquired at a nearby fabric store.
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    I soon discovered, with a little bit of alteration, that these cases would work for my Barber Pole Merkurs also. I cut out the section of the wood insert that the razor hadle rests on, covered the piece in black velvet, and then glued it into the velvet-lined case (I tweaked the brightness and contrast of these pics for clarity -- they look much better in person).
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    This was a simple but satisfying project that gave these cases a more substantial look and feel. I think the modern Merkurs are beautiful razors, and they deserve equally beautiful homes. :D

    I forgot to show a picture of what the case looks like straight out of the box, so here it is (the lid is not black, this is just a weird angle):
  2. Queen of Blades

    Queen of Blades Mistress of Mischief Staff Member

    Moderator Supporting Vendor
    Very cool! :happy088
  3. rodd

    rodd Knotty Boy

    Nice! That is a DIY. Very nice!
  4. ktulu64

    ktulu64 New Member

    Very nice.
  5. PalmettoB

    PalmettoB The Old Guard

    Ingenuity at it's finest!
  6. Padron

    Padron Active Member

    Very nice work, looks great! :cool:
  7. The Chebb

    The Chebb New Member

    Most excellent indeed!
  8. Single Wedge

    Single Wedge New Member

    I was considering a few of these. Good to see that they have more uses.

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