Recently I made a post here: https://theshaveden.com/forums/posts/1812403/ The relevant bit is this: "It would take a self sharpening, self lubricating, one piece twist-to-open, low profile, open comb slant to really put a smile on my face. It could be done. I've got the design in my head. I'm not 100% sure the slant could be incorporated, but the rest of it is fairly simple stuff." So I decided to sit down and try to sketch it out. I got a very rough first draft, just working out the concepts more than anything. I had a brief chat with Tom @twhite and he encouraged me to dream it up and he'll build it, IF I can get my ideas drawn out good enough. Tom is also collaborating with me on another project at the moment, and I would share details of that, but neither Tom or I is sure it will actually work. *side note: this is NOT in fact, "fairly simple stuff."* This is very much a one-off project, as the design in my head is not even close to being suitable for scaled up production, and I would go a different route with the design if I was inclined to go in that direction. Tom has other projects he's working on, so don't expect a quick turnaround. It could be a year or more before this project is even close to completion. The DE razor will feature (probably): A low profile top cap Lubricating slots in the top cap Dual self sharpeners/lather ejectors Twist-to-open one piece design This is not my "dream" razor. This is more of the "hold my beer and watch this" type of razor. There's the best way to do a thing, and then there's the interesting way to do a thing. I've gone the "interesting" route with this razor design. I'm aware that self sharpening razors are an evolutionary dead end, now that 99% of DE blades are stainless. I believe they offer a marginal improvement to stainless blade life, and the mechanism is great for clearing lather from the blade. I'll start uploading drawings over the next week or so, but to give you guys an idea of where I'm going with this, I'll describe a few concept design features I've incorporated thus far. The top cap will secure to the baseplate via a dovetail. The baseplate will slide open and closed using a rack and pinion TTO mechanism. As currently envisioned, the baseplate alone will have four moving parts. The TTO knob will be pinned in place. Basically, lathe a groove into the barrel of the handle, slip the TTO knob on, drill a hole to match the groove, and insert a pin. The pin keeps the TTO knob from moving up or down, but still allows rotation. My original idea for the hones was to use thin slices of sharpening stones, cut with a water cooled tile cutter. I'm now thinking of using actual ceramic tile pieces for the hones. One final note. I actually envision most of the razor to be made of lexan or plexiglass. The working name for this contraption is the "F&W clockwork razor." (F&W= Foster & White). One final thing. I'm not looking for "helpful suggestions." This is just a opportunity for the shaving community to watch Tom and I design a razor from initial concept to completion. If you've made it this far, let's play a game. @brit and @efsk , sorry, you are not eligible, you know too much. Also, anyone on the article team, you have access to too much information as well. Here's the clues for the other project Tom and I are working on: 1. Tom currently has my Valencia slant razor. 2. The project is not a razor. 3. The project is loosely related to an article I'm working on about straightening bent razor teeth. The prize for the first person to correctly guess the project will be an opportunity to enjoy the fruits of that project... If it works.